I think it’s fair to say that Yohan Cabaye is establishing himself as one of the key players at NUFC these days.
I’ve always found that a decent gauge of how much a player is appreciated is by going by the reaction of the fans when they pick up an injury.
On that score I’d say Cabaye is pretty popular.
Take last night as the prime example. Obviously we have eyes on our players who are away on international duty so when Yohan Cabaye was took off in the 47th minute by France manager Laurent Blanc it wasn’t long before it was picked up by the fans.
However it seems as though it’s less of an injury and more of a knock. Inspired by fans who were/are concerned about the potential loss of Cabaye I’ve decided to do some digging to see just what the score is.
Now I’m not a doctor, but to me it seems as though the injury to his ankle was picked up in the first half. Cabaye was given the good old magic spray and carried on until half-time. He then came back out for the second half although it was apparent that he couldn’t shake it and off he hobbled back down the tunnel just two minutes later.
Now you would think that the fact that Cabaye was prepared to try and run it off would suggest that it’s not a bad one right? Also it would seem that the French medical team were happy for Cabaye to try and run it off. Good signs?
Then we have the comments of Laurent Blanc after the France game. In short he said that Cabaye was only “doubtful” for their next game on Tuesday which doesn’t sound too bad at all. A bit of rest and some ice compression and fingers crossed he will be fine.
Then we have the apparent words of the man himself who spoke to French football writer Matt Spiro after the match. This then prompted Spiro to tweet….
“Had a chat with Cabaye after France game. Doesnt seem to worry about ankle injury. Cant stop saying positive things about Newcastle!
So if the player, the manager and the medical team aren’t worried, then why are we? Surely if it was that bad he would have been sent back to us and wouldn’t even be in contention for Tuesday?
We won’t know the full picture until Cabaye returns and is assessed by our own medical team, but from my digging about it doesn’t seem to be too serious.
Hopefully he’ll be fine for Tottenham.