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.