Mamadou Sakho played no part in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham, having told manager Roy Hodgson that he didn’t feel capable of playing an active role given his continued concerns regarding his calf.
The Frenchman missed out on our game against Everton more than two weeks ago with the same complaint and despite medical staff completing a thorough scan and giving Mama the all clear to play, it seems the former Liverpool man is simply not in the right frame of mind to take part.
Following the injury Martin Kelly picked up against Newcastle, Roy Hodgson brought Sakho off the bench in the 47th minute and saw him perform well but obviously, in the days that followed, the man himself began to feel a twinge or two and has subsequently forced the management staff to omit him from the match-day squad ever since. Whilst I’m not keen to have too much of a dig at him, I am left hoping that he takes a more positive attitude towards training in the days between now and our clash with Manchester United in a week’s time, given the injury James Tomkins picked up in the closing stages of Sunday’s loss to Spurs.
After seeing Roy Hodgson select academy man Aaron Wan-Bissaka from the start against Pochettino’s men, it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to work out that we’re down to the bare bones and in truth, a half-fit Sakho would be preferable to Damien Delaney starting against United in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Far be it for me to question Mamadou’s willingness to put his body on the line for the club but after being given the unequivocal all-clear by our highly qualified medical team, it does stick in my throat a little to know that he ruled himself out of yesterday’s game knowing what a bind we were in defensively.
When his permanent arrival was first announced over the summer, he greeted fans by stating that “The solider’s back”. It would be nice to see some fighting qualities coming out in him between now and the end of the season, starting with next Monday’s game under the lights against Mourinho and co.