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Sakho's fitness not a worry, insists Hodgson

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth, Premier League, Selhurst Park, Tonight, 7.30pm

By Nick Mashiter

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has no concerns over Mamadou Sakho's fitness, with the centre-back set to return to the starting line-up for tonight's visit of Bournemouth.

The Eagles are on the verge of a defensive injury crisis with Joel Ward (knee), Scott Dann (ankle) and Gary Cahill (knee) ruled out of the midweek Premier League clash.

Dann started Saturday's 2-0 win at Burnley but was forced off in the second half, which allowed Sakho to make his first appearance in over two months for Palace.

A knee injury and then a muscle problem had hampered his start to the campaign, but the former Liverpool ace will hope to kick on again at Selhurst Park when he makes just his second start of the season against the Cherries.

"Mamadou Sakho is good," Hodgson said. "He's been fit to play for a period but of course we were blessed at centre-back with good performances from Gary Cahill and James Tomkins.

"He's had to wait for his chance, but he has played for the Under-23s, played on Saturday for a considerable period, so I have no fears about his fitness.

"We hope it's not a ligament damage issue (for Dann). We hope it's a kick."

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