Palace's Sakho set for a spell on the sidelines

Sakho had to be taken off after 25 minutes at Selhurst Park. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho for the near future due to a calf injury suffered in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

The French defender had to be withdrawn on Saturday with a calf injury and manager Roy Hodgson wasn't able to give a return date for the player.

Hodgson said: "He'll be out a long time, how long is 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”.

Sakho was signed on loan from Liverpool last January and was instrumental in keeping Palace in the Premier League. In the summer they made his deal permanent and he had been ever-present in Hodgson's team.

The Eagles will now have to turn to Martin Kelly and Scott Dann for cover whilst Sakho is on the sidelines.