Key Palace Man Likely To Miss The Rest Of The Season

0 Posted by - February 27, 2019 - News

He played for the majority of Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win away at Leicester City last Saturday but after being replaced by Scott Dann with time running down in the game, it looks as though Mamadou Sakho will be spending a significant period of time on the sidelines. 

The Frenchman fell to the turf after playing a pass unchallenged inside his own half, which in itself is never a good sign. After walking off under his own steam and taking a seat on the bench, Roy Hodgson revealed that the former Liverpool man had been hurt in the run-up to our FA Cup clash with Doncaster before coming back into the side to face the Foxes, only for the same problem to reoccur. 

Sadly, according to this report in The Guardian, it looks as though Mama is now resigned to having surgery which will almost certainly keep him out for the rest of the campaign; news which comes as a gigantic blow to the Eagles’ hopes of a top half finish as well as a potential FA Cup triumph. 

We do of course still have the likes of James Tomkins, Martin Kelly and Scott Dann available to play in the centre of defence but there is little doubt that Sakho, when on form, is the most gifted defender on the club’s books. He and Tomkins have formed a truly formidable partnership at the heart of Roy Hodgson’s back four, giving fans a huge sense of confidence from week to week, making this a rather severe blow to take. 

Tonight’s clash with Manchester United is likely to see Scott Dann come straight in for Sakho having done so on Saturday, with Martin Kelly still thought to be recovering from the knock which kept him out of the squad for our trip to the King Power. Who knows? Scotty might perform superbly in Sakho’s absence but even so, losing Mama for the run-in is a bitter pill to swallow. 

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  • Mike Ward February 27, 2019 - 7:58 am Reply

    It is obviously a blow losing Sakho BUT it’s a measure of our improved squad that this is not a complete meltdown disaster.
    Scott Dann not so long ago was our first choice defender and Martin Kelly is equally adept and has proven himself to be more than capable of stepping up.

    Again, it is a loss, but would have been so much more of a loss a year or two ago.

  • Gordon February 27, 2019 - 8:17 am Reply

    Good to see how seamlessly Dann & Kelly have each slotted in when needed to cover injuries – and they looked fairly sound when paired together in the cup. But if Sakho is out for the rest of the season (and assuming Kelly will return from his minor injury shortly) who’ll provide cover should any of the 3 remaining senior CBs be injured or suspended? Riedewald was initially said to be versatile enough to play CB, but as far as I can recall hasn’t been tried in this position by RH. Otherwise it seems we’d have to rely on the development squad – maybe Woods or Innis? Woods has appeared on the first team bench recently but is young & inexperienced and Innis didn’t do well at struggling Dundee (his loan deal there being cut short). So maybe Riedewald will have to be 4th in line. Whilst it’s possible he might, if called upon, turn out to be a revelation as a makeshift CB, I’m hoping & praying we won’t have to put it to the test.

  • Pete Burch February 27, 2019 - 8:26 am Reply

    At least Scotty Dann has some goals from corners in him. We’ve been woeful at corners since he got injured.

  • ee signing March 1, 2019 - 9:20 pm Reply

    Hope whoever it is does better in the air does better than on Wednesday when franklyy we were awful. Wood and Barnes arent too shabby there either

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