Better news hopefully on the Yohan Cabaye injury front, though it could still be touch and go as to whether he lines up against Spurs on the 18th August.

Yesterday, Didier Deschamps’ named his first squad to play Uruguay and explained, “Rami and Cabaye were not available. They’ve both got a few injury problems. They’re not ready to play”.

This was followed by the player using his own website to clarify exactly where he’s at in pre-season;

Hi all,

Even if I wanted to be part Didier Deschamps’ first squad, my non-selection is quite logical given my form at this stage of my preparation. After a big season with Newcastle, followed by a European championship, tiredness has naturally shown. After discussions with the club doctors, and even if this friendly match was very important, with the presence of new coach, new staff and the beginning of a new adventure, it was felt better that I do not not participate in order to continue my physical training at the club to be in shape this season with big upcoming fixtures.

For his first meeting with the Blues, Didier Deschamps has put together a very interesting list of new players. League 1 is very well represented, which proves that France has a high quality championship. Especially since four Lille are present in the list. I want to congratulate his return to Rio (Mavuna) and Debuchy, Marvin (Martin) and Dimitri (Payet).

Go the Blues and see you soon.

Yohan Cabaye’s statement is better news but whatever the reason why he was or wasn’t going to appear for France, the fact we are a week away from the new season and he wasn’t in a position to play any part in our last two friendlies (Denb Haag and Hartlepool) is the only concrete evidence we have to go on.

When you compare eighteen minutes against Braga compared to say Cheick Tiote’s full participation in the pre-season, unfortunately it is going to be a huge leap of faith to expect him to start against Tottenham.

Especially when he is an all action player who covers more ground than pretty much any other player in the league, never mind Newcastle.

Even if Cabaye plays some part against Cardiff tomorrow, it could still be too little too late in terms of the Spurs match.

One thing for sure is that Alan Pardew won’t take any chances and expose the midfielder to a risk of long-term injury if he isn’t in the right shape.

The manager has frequently said all Summer that the coming season was going to be a challenge for the whole squad, that challenge starts next Saturday, with or without Yohan Cabaye.

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