Cabaye crocked?

Posted on October 9th, 2011 | 43 Comments |

Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye has sustained an ankle injury.
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye fears he may have ligament damage to his ankle.

Yohan Cabaye is worried that he picked up a bad ankle injury whilst on international duty for France on Friday. France were playing Albania and by all accounts Cabaye had put in a tidy first half performance but he was substituted just 3 minutes into the second half.

Cabaye’s initial assessment was fairly grim and he told France’s L’Equipe magazine:

I preferred to be substituted and not take any risk.

It was a big pain, and I fear ligaments could have been damaged.

However, shortly afterwards he was quoted as having a slightly more optimistic outlook by the French Football Federation’s web site:

I hope I will be fit for Tuesday and that this game does not pass me by.

My left ankle got stamped on. I didn’t want to take the risk and came off.

I will have tests, I don’t know whether it is a sprain or a bad bruise but it was very painful and I couldn’t carry on like that.

France play Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday but I hope for our sake he isn’t played in that game if there’s any doubt whatsoever about his ankle. I’m also hoping that his later assessment of a sprain or bruise is closer to the truth than his earlier assessment of ligament damage.

Should Cabaye have sustained some sort of injury that hangs over to our next game, it would of course mean that Alan Pardew has to change his winning team. Presumably Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling (assuming he isn’t loaned out) or maybe even Mehdi Abeid are the most likely direct replacements for Cabaye, although there are other options in terms of a midfield reorganisation.

Let’s just hope the damage isn’t too serious anyway.

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43 Responses

  1. lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc heard Cabaye injury just a knock and he’s ok for Tuesday

  2. Thank god if that’s true. He is one of our most valuable players. I hate these international breaks. First they are boring and second we always get injury’s.

  3. In an ideal world Cabaye could be rested for the next France game but that wont happen.
    Lets hope that its only a minor problem because he is a class act and will be a big miss for us regardless who his stand in is.

  4. wayneL says:
    October 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    “Lets hope that its only a minor problem because he is a class act and will be a big miss for us regardless who his stand in is.”

    Divven’t worry Wayne. Alan Smith’s almost fit and ready for action.

  5. If France consider Cabaye so important that they will defenitely play him on Tuesday against Bosnia in a win-all game, then he is obviously a big player for France…

    Now we can all appreciate what a class player we have at the toon…

    Well done to Pardew and his scouting team..!

  6. mind you, come mid october we’ll still be 4th !

    the next time anyone whinges please first look at players like Cabaye, Tiote, Krul, Collo, Marveaux, Jonas etc. – then look at the league table!


  7. I think I’d have Luuk de Jong (6ft 2ins and with a goal record of nearly one every other game) over Mobido Maiga please.

  8. supermac says:
    October 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    “I think I’d have Luuk de Jong (6ft 2ins and with a goal record of nearly one every other game) over Mobido Maiga please.”

    Divven’t want any bastad who’s called de Jong supermac! :-)

  9. supermac says:
    October 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    “you prefer wolfswinkle?”

    I always like players with rude sounding foreign names supermac. The ex Portugal goalkeeper, “Quim”, is my all time favourite, though there have been quite a few. It was always quite amusing when Kuntz played for Germany in the 90s too and the commentator would sound like he was being very offensive about the German team whenever he picked up the ball. :-)

  10. worky@12….I recall from my time in Norway we used to extract titters of mirth from the local lassies with the most innocent of statements…

    “hello my name is Cook, Steve Cook….”…the rest I’ll leave to your respectable and clean imagination…

  11. Munich Mag says:
    October 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    “worky@12….I recall from my time in Norway we used to extract titters of mirth from the local lassies with the most innocent of statements…”

    Didn’t know about the Norwegian thing Munich.

    Without being smutty in the slightest, have you ever purchased a “Wankpass” so you can take a ride on the “Wanktrain”? :lol:

  12. hopefully cabaye’s injury will not be that serious,and he’ll be fit for the spuds.
    speaking of dodgy names,that scottish kid who went to blackburn,isn’t exactly ripping up trees,so is he now just plain old,”badcock”?

  13. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:

    Trojan, I notice that you’ve put “records” in there and dropped the “69” in an attempt to avoid any more smutty remarks from all the Oscar Wildes out there. :lol:

  14. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:
    October 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    “had to be done worky,got sick of the condom cracks lol.”

    It’s those chubby chasing Ashley lovers trying to be witty Trojan.

  15. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:
    October 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    “had to be done worky,got sick of the condom cracks lol.”

    I bet may an unexpecting father has said the same ;) :lol:

  16. We need a striker under 6′ for a change, with pace, a twist, a turn, an eye for goal, to play off a tall guy when required.
    Please not another ‘target man’.

  17. At this time appears Cabaye’s injury is minor and he could be available for the Spurs game.
    But supposing he aggravates it playing for France, who then?
    There seems to be a bit of a mystery surrounding both HBA and Gosling, doubt whether we are getting the real story here.
    Either would be obvious choices, who from what we have been told, both having play-making abilities.
    Though there’s talk of a possible role for young Abeid, whom i hear is making good progress.
    It appears any injuries to either Cabaye or Tiote, could cause problems, they being the essential midfield components of the side, who fills in for either ?

    As for talk of bringing in a Striker during the next window, unless we have a good deal sewn up, i don’t see
    that as essential.
    Better to strengthen our back four with a bit of quality, point is it’s doubtful that we will end up with a top six finish this season, though some may think it a possibility.
    A lack of a big-time goal scorer, will not be as much a problem, as say injuries to a couple of our defenders.
    But then what do I know ?

  18. Well we’ll be needing a Tiote replacement when the ACN kicks off, i’m guessing early next year?

  19. & a striker cos Ba will be gannen too, & possibly Abeid, hasn’t he elected to play for Algeria or Maroc, can’t remember which.

  20. Guthrie from the cold? Do we go with Gosling or even young Abeid? Decisions decisions. We need to plan ahead for Tiote being gone at ACN so who’s his replacement? Thoughts?

  21. I think a big man like Vuckic will fill tiotes boots. Although not exactly a defensive midfielder I thinly he is big enough to hold up play in midfield and fast enough to get back. As for a replacement for BA. Is the ACN NOT after the next transfer window? So I don’t think we will need to worry about him or that position. But I think the heavy midfield we have this season is to accommodate the ACN. SO ill be looking forward to seeing how things go its all part of being a big club.

  22. “The 2012 Nations Cup opens in Equatorial Guinea on 21 January, with the final taking place in the Gabonese capital Libreville on 12 February.”

    With a good week before and after, I predict we’ll lose Tiote and Demba for 4 games; away to Fulham and BlackB, home to Villa, and then Away again to Spurs.

    Of those, surely it’s only the Spurs one that really tests…and we’ll know the measure of them better come the weekend.

    If tiptoe and cabaye are fit this weekend – then u gotta pick ur strongest team, and when we’re 3 goals up,sub Gosling for Tiptoe…and Haris in striker support for Ba – as experimentals for ACN time…?

    Either way, I’d have to say that Gosling has a more likely future ahead in NUFC 1st team, whereas Guth is good enough, perhaps not quick enough, to fill a DM role….Or can Ryan Taylor play DM?

  23. also, hopefully Adebayor will be lost to spurs for that jan/feb fixture, assuming togo qualified…?

  24. At this current point, Yohan is not ruled out of the Spurs game on Sunday and that has to be a positive. We shouldn’t worry about this game because we don’t know anything until the results of the scan come through.

    For all we know he could have a sprained ankle and if he’s not ruled out of the game on Tuesday then that point makes it more likely that he’ll be playing on Monday. When the scan results are revealed, we can worry about the situation then.

  25. As a Spurs fan let me tell you Adebayor is not going ACN, as he retired from international football after the Togo bus attack.
    As for Sunday it should be a good game, you seem steady against the poorer sides but again I will say you haven’t been tested and it will be interesting to see hoe Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson handle Bale and Lennon.

    Watch out for Sandro I know you rave about Tiote who I personally rate very highly but Sandro is a beast and was the reason we won the North London Derby…..he dominates the midfield and it will be interesting to see how Cabaye (hopefully hes out :)) and Tiote deal with the Parker, Modric, VDV, Sandro combination

  26. Jay,
    remind me, but didn’t you lot ‘just’ manage to scrape a draw in the final seconds against our prem ‘newbies’ at SJP last season?

    adebayor has more chance of getting a ‘cap in his ass’ in tottingham than the ACN again. Poor lamb!

  27. Looks like liverpool also want Luuk de Jong for £10m – where does that leave a certain AC? about 4th in pecking order!

  28. supermac,
    liverpoop are one desperate club, aren’t they?
    Dogleash has had that smug grin wiped off his clock recently, back to refusing to answer pertinent questions.

  29. But ultimately,
    the press never give up on speculating on ‘our transfers’, no matter that there’s months ’til the window opens again.
    They’re obviously fishing for scraps to make stories about & see us as excellent fodder, trawling our blogsites for titbits after throwing some spurious crap out here.