By Harry Sykes
Mamadou Sakho will be recalled to the Crystal Palace starting XI for their Premier League clash against Tottenham on Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Sakho is to be selected by manager Sam Allardyce for the showdown at Selhurst Park against title-chasing Spurs after being ineligible for Palace’s 2-1 win at Liverpool on Sunday.
It is said that the France international, 27, will replace the injured James Tomkins in Allardyce’s side as they aim to nail down their top-tier status for next season.
Sakho has made a big impact at Palace since joining on loan from Liverpool in the January transfer window.
He had started seven consecutive matches, five of which were won, ahead of his temporary employers’ triumph at his parent club Liverpool on Sunday.
Despite securing three points at Anfield, Allardyce has said he will make “huge changes” to the Palace starting XI against Tottenham due to the physical and mental energy expended by his players on Sunday.
The prospect of Allardyce fielding a weakened team on Wednesday night will provide a boost to Spurs as they aim to keep their title bid on track.
Second-placed Tottenham are four points behind league leaders Chelsea going into the midweek fixtures.
Antonio Conte’s side host Southampton on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge as they aim to extend their lead to seven points.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their emerging stars.