Palace Man Could Be On The Verge Of Shock International Call-Up

3 Posted by - October 1, 2018 - News

No one likes to see a professional footballer suffer a serious injury but reports in France are suggesting that Mamadou Sakho may well benefit from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’s misfortune by gaining a recall to Didier Deschamps squad when the next round of international fixtures takes place. 

It’s now widely known that Umtiti picked up an injury with Barcelona last week and strangely for the Catalan giants, specific details over the lay-off have been in very short supply, fuelling speculation that he’s set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a ligament tear of some sort. 

Should that indeed be the case, Deschamps will have no hope of picking him when the next set of games roll around at the end of October, leaving no choice but to look elsewhere for reinforcements. Mamadou Sakho was one of the men agonisingly named on the standby list for France’s World Cup squad out in Russia but as such, he can probably expect to be in contention for a place in the next squad, given Umtiti’s fitness concerns. 

The 28-year-old has been in sparkling form alongside James Tomkins at Palace for much of the last 12 months, leaving me in no doubt over his capability to slot into the French system with ease should he get the call. It would be a fantastic boost for Mama given the disappointment he felt at missing out on such a historic tournament win over the summer; of course, he’ll have to beat off competition from the likes of Aymeric Laporte and Abdou Diallo but the mere mention of an international return is fantastic to see. 

My fingers and toes are crossed for him. 

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5 Comments

  • tzcar October 1, 2018 - 7:45 am Reply

    i hope he,s not picked i don,t want him injured,sorry palace first.

  • Gordon October 1, 2018 - 8:20 am Reply

    Not sure that Sakho being called up at this stage in his career would be good for him or the French national side. Can’t see him playing in the next European Championship so France should be looking to bring younger players on.
    Also agree with tzcar – it wouldn’t be good for us either. The last thing we’d want is for him to be injured on international duty.

    • admin October 1, 2018 - 8:55 am Reply

      Yeah, fair points. I more meant as a personal lift to him following his World Cup disappointment.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh October 1, 2018 - 4:12 pm Reply

    Given france have Varane, Laporte, Hernandez, Pavard, Kimpembe, Lenglet, Upemencano, Diallo (Dortmund), Zagadou, Diakhaby, Mukiele and Gnganon who are all very good defenders and younger than Sakho it is amazing he is stiill in the running. As good as he is, France have an embarrassment of riches

  • Richard Glen October 1, 2018 - 5:07 pm Reply

    good luck tonight boys-lets get the three points!!

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