Two Games For France Will Be Good For Us

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.

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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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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5 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Agreed Ed, we really need a full compliment of bodies to come back from these internationals. If Sturridge / Suarez / Gerald would kindly pick up knocks and niggles whislt on duty I wouldn’t be too upset like!

  • martoon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Rotonda (from last blog) – I loved the fact you couldn’t find much to complain about Pardew but then managed to find something 😉
    I’m also pretty sure Mancini went to Galatasaray

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    @2 Mancini did go to Gala, but rumour has it that they, along with several other clubs are about to go under. Turkish football, is aledgedly completely knackered.

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda heights

    Hey mate nice to see someone have the balls to change there tune on something. I agree with you it’s an improvement but still not great. However who knows if Pardew has lost a bit of his arrogance, we could continue to see improvements.

    Early days but a start is a start mate.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    G @ 3. there is talk Ba is off to Turkey in January as opposed to returning to the toon, ANOTHER bad career move by him and his agents, some people never learn. He has had a really impressive nose dive in his career prospects since leaving us, sometimes money is NOT everything and the grass is not always greener, most times when you get there you find the cows have $*it all over it. Silly BA.


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