We could do with some good news today, and we have some form Newcastle’s excellent central midfielder Yohan Cabaye, as he explains he wanted to come off on Saturday because he was feeling tired after his first start in Newcastle colors for a good few months.
Yohan Cabaye in action – will be fit for Villa game
And Yohan was easily our Man of the Match with 76% of the vote, with Sylvain Marveaux next in line on 11%, and the French International had put Newcastle with a superb goal direct from a free kick in the first half.
This is what Yohan told the local press today:
“I asked to come off because my groin became tight. I didn’t want to take any risks on my first start for so long. I have come back much earlier than was planned. The pitch was very heavy, I think it was the right decision for me.”
“I was also feeling tired. You cannot expect a player to be 100% in my situation. I wasn’t fit enough to finish the game and that was why I came off.” I was afraid about my groin. I have come back from surgery and did not want to get pain again. I am not worried now – because I came off I think I will be alright for Villa”.
The problem with Cabaye coming off id that Alan Pardew had already taken off Sylvain Marveaux and we were left with our two best players on the bench in that second half, which made it just a little easier for Reading to come form behind and snatch a 2-1 win – which they did, after Newcastle had been dominant in the first half.
And it was Newcastle worst league defeat of the season in a match which was so important since Reading are below us in the league, but have now won three of their last four league games.
And our next game a week on Wednesday is also against one of only four sides who are still below us in the league – and if we lose that one – Alan Pardew will not have many games left to turn this terrible situation around at Newcastle.
The Newcastle manager caused consternation following the game on Saturday, by saying that Yohan had injured his groin again – which turns out to be not true.
It’s very good news that Yohan will be fit for that game, and he was only being sensible in protecting his fitness on Saturday – even if it could have cost us the game.
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