Saturday 16 December 2017

Cabaye 'to play'

YOHAN CABAYE will return to the Newcastle team against Fulham tomorrow, manager Alan Pardew has said.

The 27-year-old France international has not kicked a ball for the Magpies this season after Arsenal lodged a £10million bid for him on the eve of the opening Premier League fixture at Manchester City. Pardew has diplomatically declined to confirm reports that the former Lille midfielder has refused to play for the club after they rejected the Gunners' approach.

The manager has been bracing himself for a second offer, which is yet to materialise, but said: "What I have said to Yohan Cabaye is I expect him to play this weekend. Until another bid comes in, that is accepted or not, that will be the situation."

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