Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho back for West Ham clash

Mamadou Sakho is set to return to the Crystal Palace squad for their London derby against West Ham on Tuesday.

The centre-back has been out for seven weeks with a calf injury, but is now back and available. Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward have also recovered from their injuries.

The Eagles only have 19 players to choose from ahead of their trip to the London Stadium, but Hodgson believes Sakho’s return will give his defence a timely boost.

“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,” said Hodgson.

“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.”

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Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek still remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

“Tomorrow we have literally 19 players to choose from,” Hodgson added. “One of them could possibly go out on loan. So, that would be 18, so there is nobody left behind in our club.”

When asked about which player would be going out on loan, Hodgson said: “Well I don’t think I will say yet, I think it would be wrong to do that, but you will find out soon enough.”