Crystal Palace will not be thinking about the future of Bakary Sako, who is suffering a season-ending ankle injury anytime soon, according to the Croydon Advertiser.
The Malian played well before the injury, which he picked up in the 1-1 draw at West Ham last Tuesday.
In a previous interview with the Croydon Advertiser, Sako had stated that he was happy to stay at Palace. His future at the club now lies in the hands of Roy Hodgson, Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish.
Hodgson has stated that all plans for Sako after the season and during the Summer transfer window (when his contract ends) have been put at the bottom of the pile in terms of priority.
Before his injury, the 29-year-old scored six goals in 19 appearances, in all competitions.
Roy Hodgson will now require new loan signing Erdal Rakip as well as the rest of the midfielders in the team to do their best in order to earn a place in a midfield position.
Here is what Roy Hodgson said about the injury:
I think that’s a matter for future discussion of course. It will depend not just upon myself. Dougie Freedman will have a say on Bakary Sako as well and offer his thoughts on the subject.
I’m afraid I can’t shed any light on that at the moment. And you’ll have to forgive me, there are many more fish to fry as far as Crystal Palace is concerned at the moment.
Mainly can we get a competitive team on the field of play, can we win enough points to keep in the league?
I’m afraid thing like a new contract for a player who is out of contract and injured will have to be put, for me at least, on the back boiler for a week or two.