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Mamadou Sakho | Defensemen | #12

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 176

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Crystal Palace suffered a major blow on Saturday with the loss of Mamadou Sakho, who suffered a torn calf muscle.
The summer signing from Liverpool left the club's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in the 24th minute after pulling up with the injury and will miss weeks with manager Roy Hodgson refusing to put a timeframe on an injury that will take some time to recover from right as Palace enter the festive period. Said Hodgson: "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. 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." Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:28:00 PM

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Crystal Palace head into a hectic fixture period without the services of Mamadou Sakho who is expected to be sidelined for weeks rather days.

The Eagles centre-back lasted less than half an hour on Saturday as Christian Benteke failed to convert a last-minute penalty allowing Swansea, winners over West Brom, to leapfrog them. Despite improved performances of late, Roy Hodgson’s men sit bottom of the Premier League table, and with five matches between now and December 31st, the loss of the influential defender will be the cause of great concern. "I would guess [that it's a serious one]," Hodgson said after the game. "Calf strains or pulls are normally a question of weeks rather than days. He'll be assessed tomorrow. I couldn't possibly give you a timescale." His absence should at least afford Scott Dann an opportunity to return to the starting line-up following his goal on Saturday. The 30-year-old has been struggling for form recently, but having recovered from injury and illness, Dann is expected to return alongside James Tomkins.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Crystal Palace secured its first win in more than a month with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Stoke City.

The Eagles went down a goal in the 53rd minute following a Xherdan Shaqiri goal, but answered back almost immediately with Ruben Loftus-Cheek finding the back of the net for his first Premier League goal in a Palace shirt after Andros Townsend found the Chelsea loanee at the back post for the easy equalizer in the 56th minute. But it was Mamadou Sakho who proved to be the difference maker with his match-winner in the 92nd minute. After Yohan Cabaye's shot hit to the post, Sakho followed up on his fellow Frenchman's effort to secure the win at a raucous Selhurst Park as Palace moved up to eight points, just three away from leaving the bottom three.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 12:06:00 PM

Crystal Palace will hope to have a key trio back from injury ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.

Defender Mamadou Sakho (calf) and midfielder James McArthur (ankle) each missed the club's exciting 2-2 draw with West Ham last weekend but have returned to training today. Meanwhile, Patrick van Aanholt also has an outside chance of playing this week. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "Mama Sakho trained today, as did James McArthur. Good to see those two back. We do have to be careful with James though, as it's a problem with the ligament in his ankle and when you get that type of problem you have to live with them for a period of time before you are entirely pain free. We'll see how he's feeling after today's session."
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 04:38:00 PM

Crystal Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho was a surprise omission from the match-day squad on Saturday as Roy Hodgson’s men came from 2-nil down to snatch a point deep into injury time.

The Eagles were forced into two changes from the side which was narrowly beaten on Tyneside in game week ten. Roy Hodgson confirmed James McArthur had failed a late fitness test after picking up a "strange" ankle injury against Newcastle while Sakho missed the Carabao Cup defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday because of a minor calf strain. The Palace boss was unable to give a definitive return date but "wouldn’t rule any of them out of the Spurs game" next weekend. Patrick van Aanholt will also be assessed after limping off during the opening exchanges of todays encounter with West Ham. "He damaged his hamstring and I can’t tell you how bad it is. It’ll have to be assessed and we’ve got to hope it’s not too bad."
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Despite the arrival of Roy Hodgson, nothing seems to have changed for Crystal Palace this season.

Palace suffered its worst loss of the season on Saturday at the Etihad, a 5-0 loss to league-leading Manchester City. The Eagles also became the only Premier League club, and one of three clubs in all four divisions in English Football League history, to go goalless in its first six matches to start a season. Palace couldn't even muster a shot on goal against City despite holding the club to just one goal in the first 45 minutes. But the floodgates opened in the second half with Raheem Sterling scoring two and Sergio Aguero adding another.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Crystal Palace is nearly back to full fitness with the return of defender Pape Souare and Mamadou Sakho tonight.

New manager Roy Hodgson said he expects to name both defenders in the starting lineup for their first appearance of the season against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup tonight. Sakho has missed the last five months after sustaining a knee injury while on loan at Palace last season, before the Eagles bought him from Liverpool on Deadline Day last month. Meanwhile, Souare has progressed through a remarkable recovery after a car accident last September left his career in jeopardy.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 01:16:00 PM

The Crystal Palace faithful will still have to wait a little longer before they see Mamadou Sakho back in red and blue stripes.

The Deadline Day arrival is still recovering from a knee injury suffered last season while on loan at Selhurst Park from Liverpool, who finally relented into selling the Frenchman for £26 million after demanding £30 million. Sakho said he is hoping to return soon after taking part in light training but there is still no timetable for his return: "I feel really good and trained really hard to try to come back at a 100 per cent level. I am still having treatment and I am starting to train again. We will see with the doctor and the physio how far away I am to starting a full game."
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 05:45:00 PM

Crystal Palace has bolstered one of its biggest weaknesses with the signing of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.

The French defender played a massive role in Palace's survival push last season while on loan from January until the end of the season. Sakho made eight top-flight appearances, helping record 16 points, before suffering a season-ending injury. But now, the 27-year-old finds himself back at Selhurst Park after completing a £26 million move. Said Sakho: "I am really excited about playing for the Palace fans again, but in football the past is the past and you need to think about today and tomorrow. Last year we did a good job and we need to prove that again and have a good objective. If we put all of our power together, we will have a great season."
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 07:25:00 AM

Crystal Palace is rushing to complete a deal for a defender before Thursday night's transfer deadline.

The Eagles saw their latest £25 million bid for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho rejected as Liverpool continues to hold out for £30 million. When asked whether the club will complete a move for the French international, manager Frank de Boer was coy: "I don't know. We know what kind of impact he had last season. But, for now, I can't say about it." Reports suggest the club is contemplating another bid for Sakho but is also pushing forward with a move for outcast Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 05:44:00 AM

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed the club will do everything in its power to keep French international defender Mamadou Sakho.

The Liverpool defender made only eight Premier League appearances since arriving in the winter transfer window, but the club recorded four clean sheets and five wins in that span before the Frenchman suffered a season-ending injury. But, with Liverpool reportedly holding out for £30 million, it could be an uphill battle for Palace to make the loan permanent. "The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool," Parish said. "I'm sure there'll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course we'd like to, I'm not going to try and be coy or clever on that. He's a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let's hope we can do it."
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, May 24, 2017 02:35:00 PM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce did not sound too optimistic over the fitness of Mamadou Sakho.

The on-loan defender from Liverpool has proven to be a shrewd addition in the winter transfer window, but sustained a knee injury at the end of April in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham. The club originally hoped he would be able to return for the end of the season, but Allardyce said the chances are slim: "He has been away in France. He is back here now but I think it will not be long enough for the recovery period to think he would be available for Old Trafford. I did not get my hopes up too much. Some players recover quicker than others. Maybe if he was a quick healer we might have speeded the process up."
Sat, May 13, 2017 05:13:00 AM

Crystal Palace (and Liverpool) dodged a bullet with defender Mamadou Sakho set to miss weeks rather than months.

The on-loan defender appeared to sustain a gruesome injury for Crystal Palace against Spurs last week after leaving on a stretcher with a knee injury. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that scans showed there isn't any ligament damage as Sakho could return before the end of the season. "Since we got the images from Crystal Palace, we know there are no ligaments involved, so in a situation like this - and maybe not for Crystal Palace - but for the player it’s the best thing he could get. I think he is out for a few weeks, but that is something that will be good at the end, but at the end of the season each injury is a big blow because there is not a lot of time to recover."
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 10:58:00 AM

Crystal Palace's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham proved costly as influential defender Mamadou Sakho was forced off midway through the second half.

The Eagles started off creating the better chances as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend threatened on the flanks, while Christian Benteke fired an early chance straight at Hugo Lloris. Palace, on the back of six wins in eight games, were able to shut down Spurs' deadly duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli and appeared on their way to share of the points. But when Sakho was forced to depart on a stretcher in 57th-minute, the home side were forced on the back foot and Tottenham sense their chance. With just 12 minutes remaining, Christian Eriksen collected a pass from Kane 30 yards out and hammered a thunderbolt inside the far post by Wayne Hennessey. The result means Palace remain 12th, on 38 points, and sit seven points above the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 06:13:00 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel is expected to continue his January interest in Mamadou Sakho into the summer.

Sakho, 27, is currently on-loan and in-form at Crystal Palace after moving to the London outfit in January after being frozen out of the first team squad at parent club Liverpool by Jurgen Klopp. Southampton are thought to have enquired about the availability of the Frenchman in January but retracted their interest after Liverpool slapped a £20 million price tag on the centre-back. Southampton will be especially keen on Sakho's signature if they fail to retain the currently injured Virgil Van Dijk over the summer. He is much sought after by some of the biggest club in England and abroad so the Saints will have their work cut out to hold onto the Dutchman.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 03:23:00 PM