Yohan Cabaye may not be fit in time to face Manchester United this weekend, after sitting out our midweek defeat at Manchester City.
Having acted as a catalyst for much of what has been good about our early season form, the French international would be a massive loss to the Palace side against Louis Van Gaal’s men if he is indeed forced to miss the game through injury, as the Eagles look to alter a run of three straight defeats.
Whilst all but one of Cabaye’s goals have come from the penalty spot this season, it is the general touch of class that he brings to a game which would prove almost impossible to replace for Alan Pardew, particularly against a United side who have a fantastic array of talent in that area of the field.
Despite only joining the club in the summer, Yohan’s impact on our play has been huge, allowing Alan Pardew to shift towards a more expansive style than before. Supported by the likes of James McArthur and Jason Puncheon across the midfield, Cabaye has flourished in a deep lying role at Selhurst Park, making the thought of taking on Manchester United without him a daunting one to say the least.
You would assume that either Mile Jedinak or Joe Ledley would slot in to deputise for him in that case, but neither one would have any hesitation in admitting that their own games offer a very different set of skills to that of the former PSG man.
Without the services of Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh yet again this weekend, we’re almost certain to see Dwight Gayle thrown into the task of occupying a lone striker’s role, which if history is anything to go by, may not work out too well.
Let’s hope that Cabaye is passed fit at the last minute, offering Pardew and us as supporters something to be cheerful about in the lead up to the tie.