Relief all around for Newcastle fans as Moussa Sissoko was kept put of harm’s way when France played Denmark on Sunday night.
Having played over 70 minutes in the 3-1 defeat by Brazil on Thursday, the Newcastle midfielder was left on the bench as the French overcame the Danes 2-0.
With Jack Colback likely to stay as an emergency left-back against Sunderland, the thought of Moussa Sissoko getting injuured on international duty would have been horrendous.
Newcastle going into the derby match without their two most effective players in midfield, would have left a massive hole in the middle of the park where matches are invariably won and lost.
The only hurdle now to be overcome in terms of international football this week, is for Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul to get back safely after Holland face Spain in a friendly on Tuesday night in Amsterdam.
Both players sat out the game against Turkey on Saturday, lucky to get a last minute goal to draw 1-1, the Dutch hopes of Euros qualification is faint as they trail the Czech Republic by six points and Iceland by five, with five matches left to play.
There is a strong possibility of at least Janmaat being involved against Spain, with Guus Hiddink having brought back the Newcastle defender into a squad for the first time since instantly dropping him after a match losing error against the Czech Republic last Autumn.
The full-back turned temporary central defender has started every single one of Newcastle’s 30 Premier League games and after being arguably United’s best player throughout this season, against Arsenal he also looked the best centre-half at the club in his first appearance in the position.
Not wanting to worry anyone but Tim Krul has managed to injure himself in training when on international duty previously, so hopefully they are taking it a bit easier with it only a friendly tomorrow night.