sport news Roy Hodgson admits Mamdou Sakho's knee injury will affect Crystal Palace 

'There's no way you can lose a player like that without missing him': Roy Hodgson admits Mamadou Sakho's knee injury will affect Crystal Palace Mamadou Sakho may miss the rest of Crystal Palace's season after knee surgery  Roy Hodgson praised his regular defensive partnership with James Tomkins  Either Scott Dann or Martin Kelly will replace Skaho for the trip to Burnley 

By Declan Warrington, Press Association Sport

Published: 19:25 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 19:25 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Roy Hodgson believesthere is 'no question' Crystal Palace will feel Mamadou Sakho's absence after he underwent knee surgery on Thursday.

The central defender was successfully operated on, following the injury sustained in last week's victory at Leicester, and there remains a risk he will not return this season.

Sakho's partnership with James Tomkins has become one of Palace's biggest - and certainly most consistent - strengths during Hodgson's time as the club's manager.

Mamadou Sakho has undergone knee surgery and may miss the rest of Crystal Palace's season

Mamadou Sakho has undergone knee surgery and may miss the rest of Crystal Palace's season

That he and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were absent from Wednesday's 3-1 defeat by was also noticeable in the way their defence was uncharacteristically poor.

The £26million Sakho will be replaced for Saturday's fixture at Burnley by either Scott Dann or Martin Kelly and Hodgson said: 'We are going to miss him until such time as he gets fit again. There's no question of that.

'He has been very, very good for the bulk of the time I've been here. When I first came he was shrugging off some

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