Sam Allardyce has told Mamadou Sakho he faces a huge psychological battle if scans show he has suffered a serious knee injury.
The on-loan France defender has endured a turbulent year by missing the Europa League final and Euro 2016 because of an incorrect doping ban – then falling out of favour at parent club Liverpool .
Sakho played his first game of the season in February at the start of Crystal Palace ’s run of six wins in eight games — four of them with clean sheets.
He was taken off on a stretcher after an hour of the 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Wednesday, when the game was still goalless, and both clubs are waiting for that scan to reveal whether or not his season is over.
“He was enjoying his football so much after such a period in isolation this season and really making such a big influence on the players in the dressing room as well as his performances on the field,” said Allardyce.
“Every footballer that gets injured falls into depression and is really upset. You think it is the worst that can happen to you when you are a professional footballer.
“It is just about making sure he deals with it and gets fit as possible as quick as possible.”
Asked if he would like to sign Sakho permanently, the Eagles boss added: “If it is possible, yes.”