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Palace defenders Dann, Cahill to miss Bournemouth game

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Palace defenders Dann, Cahill to miss Bournemouth game
Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley v Crystal Palace - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - November 30, 2019 Crystal Palace's Scott Dann arrives at the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   -   Copyright  CARL RECINE(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Crystal Palace defenders Scott Dann and Gary Cahill will miss Tuesday’s Premier League match with Bournemouth due to injury, manager Roy Hodgson said on Monday.

Dann, who came into to the Palace side due to Cahill’s knee injury, sustained a knock to his ankle in their 2-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday and was replaced by Mamadou Sakho.

“He’s had a scan today. We hope it’s not a ligament issue. We hope it’s a kick but… it’s too close to the game for him to recover so he’ll miss tomorrow’s game, as will Gary Cahill,” Hodgson told a news conference.

“We hope to recover the pair of them for the game at the weekend (against Watford).”

Palace are also without right back Joel Ward who suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat by Liverpool last month.

Sakho, who is building up his fitness following a muscle strain, is expected to partner James Tomkins in central defence for the visit of 12th-placed Bournemouth.

“He’s been fit to play for a period but of course we were blessed at centre back with good performances from Cahill and Tomkins,” Hodgson added.

“So he’s had to wait for his chance. He played a full game for the Under-23s, played on Saturday for a considerable period in the second half.”

Palace, who ended a winless run of five league games against Burnley, are 11th in the table with 18 points from 14 games.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)