Crystal Palace take on West Ham United on Wednesday night, and manager Roy Hodgson provided an update on the squad. He pointed out that the club have one injury concern before the clash.
The latest from the Eagles manager
Speaking in his press conference previewing the West Ham game, Hodgson said: “The only player missing from training this morning was Mamadou Sakho. He will need to be assessed. Other than concern for Sakho, only the long-term absentees remain unavailable.”
Is this a big blow for Palace?
His injuries have been an issue as they have seen him miss over 375 days of football since he joined the Eagles (Transfermarkt). However, he has been a key player for the club when fit, especially in the 2017/18 campaign. It was arguably his best, as he managed 1.1 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, and 5.2 clearances a game (WhoScored). If he could rekindle this form, then there is no doubt that Palace should keep him long-term.
The South London side do have an abundance of experience at the back, and reliable pairing Cheikhou Kouyate and Gary Cahill seem like first choice currently for Hodgson, but they are now one injury away from being dangerously thin in that department.
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