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Sakho Set For Spell On Sidelines

11 December 2017

At his pre-match press conference, ahead of Tuesday’s home match against Watford, Roy Hodgson announced that Mamadou Sakho is set for a period out of action with the injury sustained in Saturday’s draw.

The defender left the game against Bournemouth with a calf injury and the manager cannot put a return date on the player during these early days of recovery.

"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”.

Joel Ward was out injured from the match against The Cherries with a groin injury but has now suffered a tweak to his calf and is now ruled out of Tuesday's game. 

Yohan Cabaye, like Sakho, came off against Bournemouth but Hodgson was pleased to report that the midfielder is available for the visit of Marco Silva's side. 

"He took a knock didn't he? He was doing well, as he always does and he took a nasty kick, was limping a little bit, plus we had worked hard, it was getting late in the game, so we thought it was a good moment to give Yohan a breather and get fresh legs onto the field. He's perfectly ok though, it was a kick, nothing more."

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