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Mamadou Sakho | Defensemen | #12

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 176

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Crystal Palace has an injury crisis in defense, and much like last year, the club is waiting on the fortifying presence of Mamadou Sakho.
The former Liverpool and PSG man missed a month-and-a-half early this season due to a torn calf muscle but returned in the second half against Newcastle at the beginning of the month. However, Sakho has not played since as he continues to struggle with the calf injury. With Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool due up in three of the next four weeks, Sakho's return could prove crucial. Said Hodgson: "We thought he was going to be back, but he is still feeling his calf injury – at the moment he is making it clear he doesn't feel confident enough to play. I’m disappointed in that as I thought we would have got him back after the Newcastle second half when he played so well, but it hasn't turned out that way. We will just have to wait and see but it's really when he lets us know he's ready." Feb 26 - 7:15 PM

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Mamadou Sakho should return to training this week after missing the defeat at Everton due to injury.

The £27 million centre-back was expected to make his first Premier League start in over two months on Saturday, but there was no sign of him on the Palace team sheet. Having recently recovered from injury, Sakho was well-placed to deputise for the hamstrung Martin Kelly who had limped off against Newcastle six days earlier. But a training ground setback meant that another recent returner – Joel Ward – was handed his chance for the first time since December 02, 2017. Following the 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park, Hodgson admitted he was "disappointed" to lose Sakho although a subsequent scan revealed no damage and he should be back with the group from Wednesday. "He trained through to Thursday, getting through the training sessions until then," revealed the Eagles boss. "But after that, he flagged up to the medical staff that he had felt something with his calf."
Feb 12 - 6:21 AM

Crystal Palace has received a major defensive boost with the return of Joel Ward and Mamadou Sakho this week.

The French internationals are fit after a series of injuries, with Sakho missing since early December when he sustained a torn calf muscle. With Scott Dann also out, the return of Ward, who has been out since Gameweek 16, and Sakho will further stabilize a thin defense that has fared tired of late since holding Manchester City to a scoreless draw. Said Roy Hodgson: "We found ourselves in a poor situation a week or two ago but Mamadou Sakho and Joel Ward have both recovered which is a big boost for us. Yohan Cabaye, who I thought was going to be out for a long period after his ankle injury at Arsenal, has also recovered so our injury list is confined to those that everyone knows about where we have players who will not be back for any time in the near future."
Jan 30 - 12:12 PM

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

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