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Team news: Sakho and Tomkins reunite after 9 months

3 December 2019

Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins will start alongside one another tonight for the first time since February, as Roy Hodgson names his lineup to face AFC Bournemouth.

The partnership had been shattered with Sakho's injury against Leicester City in a 4-1 triumph nine months ago. Making a staggered recovery over recent months, his return to the starting XI with Tomkins was delayed by the No.5's own injury troubles.

Sakho enters the lineup as a replacement for Scott Dann, who was substituted on Saturday against Burnley. This week, Hodgson confirmed the centre-back was receiving a scan. Connor Wickham takes Sakho's place on the bench. Other than this, there are no changes to the lineup or matchday squad.

Bournemouth make four changes to the side which kicked-off against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday: Adam Smith, Harry Wilson, Philip Billing and Chris Mepham take the place of Steve Cook, Jack Stacey, Lewis Cook and Ryan Fraser.

Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.

Subs: Hennessey, Riedewald, Schlupp, Camarasa, McCarthy, Wickham, Benteke.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Mepham, Smith, Lerma, Groeneveld, Billing, H.Wilson, Solanke, C.Wilson.

Subs: Boruc, Francis, Gosling, Cook, Stacey, Fraser, Simpson.


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