Some good news today in France about the injury Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy picked up in the 8-0 hammering of Jamaica last Sunday, and also some good word from the France manager Didier Deschamps about Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who could be the surprise star man for France in the World Cup that will start in Brazil today.
Moussa Sissoko in action for France
Mathieu was withdrawn at half time in that last game, and there was real concern as initial reports said had broken his leg, but it ended up that Mathieu had injured his thigh and found it difficult to run.
At his latest press conference the France manager Deschamps said this about the Newcastle defender:
“Only Debuchy isn’t training. It’s nothing serious though, just a precaution.” “There are no worries about him.”
That’s good news for Newcastle fans, but it’s expected that Bacary Sagna will start France’s first group game which is against Honduras on Sunday.
We’ll have to see if Newcastle’s other representative in the France squad – Moussa Sissoko – will start in that game.
Sissoko looked very good against Jamaica, when he played in central midfield – and a note to Alan Pardew – we could play Moussa there for Newcastle next season.
Deschamps of course already knows all about Sissoko, and he also has Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba and former Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye, who can play in central midfield for France.
This is what Deschamps said about Moussa at the press conference:
“It’s not like I just discovered him.” “On Sunday, he was playing in his preferred role and I know what he can bring to a team.”
Paul Pogba, the former Manchester United youngster has just finished a great season at Italian Champions Juventus, and he had this to say about the in-form Newcastle star:
“Moussa had a great game against Jamaica,” “I don’t regard myself as a guaranteed starter.”
Mathieu Debuchy is likely to attract attention this summer from clubs such as French powerhouse PSG, and of course if Moussa does win the starting position for France in central midfield, he could also be in big demand, because he will be keeping some very good players out of the French side.