Yohan Cabaye has not had an easy pre-season since he arrived back at Newcastle a few weeks ago, and he has only a short cameo appearance against Braga so far in this pre-season.
Yohan Cabaye – touch and go for game tomorrow
Apparently he’s been having a little trouble with his ankle, but it’s a minor injury, and we are hoping he can play in the game in South Wales tomorrow afternoon.
As we reported earlier today, if he doesn’t make that game then he could well miss the start of the season against Tottenham Hotspur a week tomorrow, and then Pardew would need to choose between Gosling, Vuckic, Abeid and Bigirimana, who can all play the attacking central midfield role alongside Cheick Tiote.
News in the Evening Chronicle this morning is that the French International is being assessed by the club’s medical staff today, and a late decision will be made tomorrow, on whether he can play at Cardiff City.
Cabaye needs games to get him match fit for the Tottenham game, and we had forgotten that he came on after 72 minutes against Braga in Portugal a couple of weeks, but that’s all the playing time he’s had so far this pre-season.
The longer he can play tomorrow the better, and if there’s a chance he can make the Tottenham game, Newcastle can always arrange a game in mid-week behind closed doors, and he wisely pulled out of the France game next Wednesday against Uruguay.
So when the team is announced tomorrow afternoon about 2:00pm, we will know if we have a problem with Yohan Cabaye being ready for the Tottenham game – we hope he can start tomorrow and get through the game without any mishaps.