Newcastle fans will take a particular interest in the game tomorrow night at the Stade de France in Paris, where France will be taking on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Yohan Cabaye – in action for France
France currently head Group D with 20 points from their 9 games, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are in second place, just one point behind France from their 9 games played.
This is the final game of qualifying, and if France can draw or win tomorrow night they will reach the finals next summer, but a win by Bosnia and Herzegovina will see them through to the finals to be held in Poland and Ukraine.
That’s not particularly what Newcastle fans will be interested in of course, and it’s all about whether Newcastle’s top midfielder, Yohan Cabaye will be fit to play for France tomorrow night.
Yohan left the game against Luxemburg last Thursday evening after 48 minutes with a sore left ankle, but a scan he had on the ankle on Saturday showed no particular damage to the ligaments, which was very good news.
And France comfortably won at Luxemburg by a score 2-0.
The game tomorrow night is obviously very crucial for France, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be holding his breath a little, to see if Cabaye starts for France tomorrow night, as there’s still a question right now whether he is really fit to play tomorrow night.
We’d be very happy if Yohan is rested and not even included in the French squad for the game.
But of course Yohan would love to play for his country in such an important game, and that’s hardly surprising, and he has expressed that desire over the weekend, so we’ll just have to wait and see what France manager Laurent Blanc decides about Cabaye.
The Newcastle manager is working towards preparing his troops for the tough game against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, and obviously Alan will want one of Newcastle’s best players, Yohan Cabaye available for that game.
It could also be a sell-out at St. James’ Park for the game against the top north London side, and of course the Newcastle crowd is always a great benefit for the players.
And some of the new lads have been a little astonished at the atmosphere generated by the football-mad Geordies.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:
“The home games are very special with Newcastle.” “The new players could not believe what a great atmosphere there is in the stadium.”
“It was a great feeling to get a nice ovation in the last home game.” “We can only thank the fans and try to get more wins for them.”
“Our home form is very important to us this season.”
We just have to hope that after all the International games are finished tomorrow night, the Newcastle players are all fit and well, and can return to Newcastle and take part in training on Thursday morning, as the lads prepare for their toughest test in the league so far this season.
And we think we can win the game against Spurs too.
What do you think?