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What Yohan Cabaye did straight after international duty

By Lee Ryder on Oct 13, 11 10:49 AM


Yohan Cabaye may well have left the Stade de France with a better feeling after France squeezed through to the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine and the midfielder was subbed - but it was perhaps immediate reaction after the game that will impress Newcastle fans more.

Down the years, Newcastle fans have had their fill when it comes to internationals returning late or injured or suffering from burnout.

Where do you start with that one?

Mark Viduka and his Aussie style soap opera with the Socceroos with the player often inisting on visits to the land of Oz for treatment and the snail-paced returns to Tyneside that left people questioning whether he really cared about the Toon.

Michael Owen's injury in the World Cup in 2006, which left United without their main goal threat and chasing an insurance bill to the FA.

As much as we love them, Nobby Solano and Tino Asprilla's returns from South America often left their managers wondering whether to plan ahead without them.

Kevin Keegan once discovered that Tino wanted to play at 1pm with the Colombian back from World Cup qualifying duty - the only problem was he'd landed in Newcastle and United were playing derby at 3pm!

Solano was slightly better.

But Cabaye's decision to check out of his hotel and be on the first flight back after France's qualifier with Bosnia meant he was returning a day early and wanted to begin the preparations for Spurs straight away.

Cabaye could easily have swanned into the training ground on Friday as arranged.

Instead, and despite his injury concerns, Cabaye is ready and raring to go.

Yes, we'd all show such hunger if we were in the same position.

But the modern game contains too many characters that don't care and if they can have an excuse to turn up a little later, they'll take it.

Cabaye's character is already shining through at Newcastle and long may it continue.

If Newcastle did do their homework on Cabaye's character before hand, they certainly got full marks.

3 Comments

Geogaddi said:

Spot on Lee.

relton said:

Thanks Lee - I like this anecdote. good on Cabaye.

ian said:

Thanks Lee. Fantastic to see what we get with the lad on the pitch is what he is like off it as well. Well done to Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and team for getting Johan. I bet most clubs are annoyed that we tied up Tiote and Cabeye for the bargain prices we got them for, just need to resist offers for these 2 gems and build the team around them

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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