Yohan Cabaye went off midway through the second half of Crystal Palace’s game against Swansea yesterday afternoon, but Alan Pardew has assured Eagles fans that there isn’t anything to worry about in relation to the Frenchman’s fitness.
The former PSG man had been a doubt for the clash at The Liberty Stadium after missing Tuesday night’s defeat at home to Bournemouth through injury, but passed a late fitness test and started in the centre of midfield next to Mile Jedinak in South Wales.
Shortly after the beginning of the second period yesterday afternoon, Yohan was visibly struggling to keep up with play, prompting many of our fans to question whether or not he has suffered a recurrence of the same problem, but shortly after the game concluded, Pardew readily informed the press of the reason for Yohan’s removal from the match.
Having finally managed to get ourselves off 31 points after more than 40 days without a win or draw in the Premier League, we will head into next weekend’s clash with Watford in much better spirits, particularly when you consider that the squad will be bolstered by the return of Connor Wickham and a fully fit Dwighr Gayle.
Given the deep-lying role Cabaye now occupies for us, his impact in the side is perhaps a little undervalued by one or two of our fans on occasion, but in games such as yesterday’s we see exactly why Alan Pardew convinced the board to break the club’s previous transfer record to bring him to Selhurst Park. His close control and reading of the game is simply sublime.
Clearly, from the comments made by Pardew in the article attached above, he’s expecting a big performance from our players next Saturday. A victory would be absolutely massive for each and every one of us, I’m sure we’ll be ready.