Alan Pardew said after the 2-1 win at Cardiff City last Saturday that Yohan Cabaye was still not match fit, and although the French midfielder had a good game in south Wales, especially in that first half, the Newcastle manager said he would get even better when he was fully match fit.
Yohan Cabaye in French colors
So in a way the two games that France play over the International break – the important one in the World Cup at home in Paris against Finland next week, will only help Cabaye reach full match fitness.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the local press today:
“He was unbelievable in the first half, but he got tired.” “He’s not battle-hardened yet, and I think the two games for France might be a good thing for us.”
France play Finland in the final group game of their World Cup qualifying next Tuesday night in Paris, and tonight they will be warming up with a friendly in Paris against Australia.
We fully expect both Cabaye and Remy to be in the starting line-up, with Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko also having a chance to start the game – so we could even see four Newcastle players start for France in tonight’s game – that would be good.
And as Alan says, that will help Cabaye become more match fit, and depending on the performances tonight will decide which players start next Tuesday night’s big game.
As long as none of our players return from Paris with injury, they should be just fine for our massive game at home a week tomorrow against Liverpool – that will be some test for our lads.
Win that one and we’ll be flying.
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