Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye was withdrawn from the France game after 48 minutes last night, because of a sore left ankle.
Yohan Cabaye – fears ankle ligament damage
But it seems that after being withdrawn, the French midfielder’s ankle has been very painful, and the results are awaited of a scan he was due to undergo on Saturday.
Cabaye started for his country in last night’s Euro 2012 3-0 win against Albania, and was again in top form, as he has been for Newcastle during the season.
It’s good that Cabaye didn’t keep playing on the ankle last night, and after just a couple of minutes into the second half, Yohan signaled to French officials that he couldn’t continue.
Cabaye has not been officially ruled out of Tuesday’s game at Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it is probably very unwise to risk him.
It will be very bad news for Newcastle fans if Yohan has suffered ligament damage to the ankle, because he will then be out for a while.
And Yohan didn’t seem too upbeat on Saturday, and seems to be worried in case he has indeed suffered ligament damage, as he told L’Equipe and the French Football Federation’s official website:
“I preferred to be substituted and not take any risk,” “It was a big pain, and I fear ligaments could have been damaged.”
“I hope I will be fit for Tuesday and that this game does not pass me by.”
“I will have tests, I don’t know whether it is a sprain or a bad bruise but it was very painful and I couldn’t carry on like that.”
We have to hope that it’s only bruising of his left ankle, but we’d be surprised even if it’s just that, if he is still allowed to play on Tuesday evening at Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Hopefully he will have treatment with the French team, or return immediately home to Newcastle, so he can have treatment and then prepare for the important game against Spurs at St. James’ Park next Sunday afternoon.