Yohan Cabaye did not play well for France in their rather easy 4-0 win against Norway last week in a friendly warm-up game for the World Cup, and the French coach has put that down to Cabaye not playing regularly at new club PSG, and that he was also carrying a slight ankle injury.
Yohan Cabaye – in French colors
Cabaye could still be a key player for France in this summer’s World Cup, as he proved last October when he was the best player on the filed when France amazingly beat Ukraine 3-0 in Paris after losing the first leg of the play-off 2-0 in Ukraine – so Yohan proved he can produce the goods when it really matters.
After the win last week French manager Didier Deschamps did talk about the former Newcastle play-maker who seems to have an ankle problem, that’s hampering his play at the moment:
“He is not yet 100% because of his ankle, and his attacking game wasn’t seen much – but he is an important part of the team, and he put in a lot of effort – and as for the other players too, he still needs to improve his physical condition.”
But Deschamps is also a realist and he knows Cabaye has played fewer games than most of the rest of the squad since he moved to PSG, but Yohan still started the game against Paraguay over the weekend that ended in a 1-1 draw, and Yohan played the first 45 minutes before being replaced at half time.
Bacary Sagna seems to have reclaimed the starting right back position from Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy, and he played the whole game for France, and Loic Remy played for the first 82 minutes, and combined well with Olivier Giroud, who could be his new team-mate at Arsenal.
Moussa Sissoko came on after 71 minutes in that game.
If Yohan is given the chance to start for France in Brazil, we still think he will play well for the side, and he seems to look forward to the big games, and he will also want to have a good World Cup to help him get a starting place in the PSG side in pre-season.
There are a lot of very good central midfielders in the French squad, including Lyon play-maker and Newcastle target Clement Grenier, so Yohan needs to be both fully fit and in top form to be a starter for France in the World Cup, which finally gets under way in nine days time in Brazil.
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