The news coming out of Alan Pardew’s press conference this afternoon for the Wigan game, about Ben Arfa being out for the season and needing surgery, overshadowed some good news Alan had delivered on Yohan Cabaye, before he talked about Ben Arfa.
Yohan Cabaye – half chance of playing on Sunday
And when asked about the Newcastle vice-captain, this is what Alan had to say:
“Cabaye – good news really. I think he has a half chance for Sunday, He has the Internationals next week for France, so he’ll need to be available for Sunday to get there and I’m sure he wants to.”
And during the press conference, video was shown of the lads gathering to watch the draw on TV this morning at about 11:30 am, and Yohan was moving around very freely – no limping or anything like that.
But we assume he’ll not play if he isn’t fit, and if he’s not fit he shouldn’t go to play for France in the Internationals,. And with Cabaye only playing for 37 minutes on Thursday night, then he will be fairly fresh for the Wigan game.
We need to beat Wigan, and with our success over the last two or three games, we hope the lads will not take Wigan lightly, because they played one of their best game of the season last time out at Everton.
They were the better team at Goodison and won the FA Cup quarter-final 3-0, with all goals coming in a four minute period in that first half.
And it’s that time of year when they make their annual escape from relegation, and in any case they hammered us 4-0 in this fixture last April, and broke a six game winning streak in the league.
We need a win on Sunday.
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