Premier League: Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho set for lengthy spell on sidelines due to calf muscle tear

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has sustained a muscle tear in his calf and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the Premier League club’s manager Roy Hodgson has said.

Reuters December 12, 2017 11:47:53 IST
Premier League: Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho set for lengthy spell on sidelines due to calf muscle tear

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has sustained a muscle tear in his calf and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the Premier League club’s manager Roy Hodgson has said.

Premier League Crystal Palaces Mamadou Sakho set for lengthy spell on sidelines due to calf muscle tear

File image of Crystal Palace's Mamadou Sakho. Image courtesy: Crystal Palace website.

Sakho, who returned from a serious knee injury in September, has captained Palace in their last four league games and suffered his latest setback in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

“He’ll be out a long time, how long a time?, I don’t know, they won’t put a time on it, but it’s a serious muscle tear in his calf so I don’t know, but it’s weeks not days, I couldn’t say if it was months,” Hodgson told reporters on Monday.

“We’ll miss him, in this period he’s played a decisive role, been captain, shown his qualities and when you lose a player like that you can’t be anything other than disappointed and sad.”

Fellow defender Joel Ward has also sustained a calf injury and will miss bottom-placed Palace’s game against Watford later on Tuesday.

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