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Late Decision On Tomkins & Cabaye

11 May 2017


Sam Allardyce will not know until Saturday's training session whether he will be in a position to recall some of his injured players for Sunday's home game against Hull City.

James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye are both making good progress whilst Joel Ward suffered a broken nose against Manchester City and Andros Townsend has been struggling with an Achilles injury. 

Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho are down as long term injuries although there is a chance Dann could appear before the end of the season but the manager admits that would be a 'calculated risk'

"The more likely ones to be fit are James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye but they are not training with us yet but are making good progress.  

"That real decision probably won't happen until Saturday morning and then we will see what we have got available.

"It is not ideal preparation if we do have to make some late changes but we will make the final decision on Saturday about who is going to go into battle with Hull City on Sunday.

"It is important we try and get as many players back fit as we can, Scott Dann has got a chance if it is worth risking, purely and simply if he is going to be fit from the injury, if not match fitness having not played since Chelsea but it may be a calculated risk."

Mamadou Sakho has been receiving treatment in France but Allardyce feels it unlikely that he will be seen in a Palace shirt again this season. 

"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."

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