The reports yesterday were that Yohan Cabaye did not have one of his best performances for France, in their 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Paris.
Yohan Cabaye – back one day early
But that draw was enough for France to win the group and qualify for the European Championships next summer, and Yohan can get back to his top form for Newcastle this Sunday against Tottenham.
And it seems that Yohan is keen to get ready for the game on Sunday, and he arrived back early since he had to travel only from Paris, France.
There were concerns last week after Cabaye picked up an ankle injury in the 3-0 win over Albania, but he started again last Tuesday evening for France, and played for just over an hour.
Assistant manager John Carver talked about Yohan today:
“Yohan was back by lunchtime the day after the France game.” “It just tells you about his personality. He could have come back later and been back on Thursday.”
“But he’s such a professional and he wants to do well for this football club. He wanted to be ready for the game on Sunday.”
“Yesterday was the day that we had all the international players back. It is amazing that as soon as they come back in, the standard of the work goes back up.”
“That’s how it should be because they are international footballers. The lads were right at it again.” “They have been over the break too but it is difficult when you aren’t building up to a game at the end of it.”
“The international players coming back like Cheick, Demba and Yohan made sure we stepped up again.”
Yohan will be a key player for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, as he and Cheick Tiote do their best to get control of the central midfield, against a powerful Tottenham side that will include former Newcastle target Luka Modric.
That area of the field will be important and we’ll also look for another strong and solid performance from the Newcastle defense.
But of course Tottenham have some very good players in their side, and it will be interesting to see if we can contain a certain Gareth Bale on Sunday.
But there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot continue their good run of results in the league, if they can come anywhere near their best form against Spurs.