Injury to Paul Pogba in Wednesday night’s game between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund was not only a blow to Max Allegri’s side, but it would have given Didier Deschamps a slight headache before announcing his squad for the friendly games against Brazil and Denmark.
For months, the merits of Yohan Cabaye’s place in the France squad had been questioned, but Deschamps continued to name him in his selection. With Pogba ruled out, it seemed certain that Deschamps wouldn’t go without two members of his World Cup midfield.
Surprisingly, Deschamps went with Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons and Monaco Geoffrey Kondogbia to give the midfield a more dynamic edge.
Cabaye’s performances for PSG have been poor since he joined in January 2014 and it would be fair to say that his position in the France team had been hanging by a thread for months.
With the 2016 European Championship in France only 15 months away, it is crucial for Cabaye to get back into a position where he is playing every week and can rediscover the confidence he had at Newcastle United and Lille.
Cabaye has a huge decision to make this summer: Stay at PSG and fade into the background, never really finding the form that made him one of Europe’s most wanted midfielders, or make a move and try and find a place in another top club and hope that it revives his career.
Because of his form in France, the biggest clubs might not be as interested as they once were, but the English clubs will remember how well he coped with the rigours of the Premier League. Teams like Arsenal and Manchester United may consider an approach - having been heavily linked in the past by the Independent, among others - it just depends if they want to take a chance on a 29-year-old.
Perhaps even a return to Newcastle United could interest the midfielder. He would likely be welcomed back with open arms and he would give the side from the North-East some vital experience and international quality.
The worst option for Cabaye would be to stay at PSG for another season. With the club looking to grow and grow, they are always going to look to improve the team, and Cabaye isn’t likely to force his way into the starting line-up long-term. That will make his task of playing for France in 2016 almost impossible if he is still a PSG player.