Former Newcastle United player set for run in the PSG midfield

With a number of players out injured, Yohan Cabaye is set for a run in the PSG midfield, and that could reduce the chance of a move away.

His future may be up in the air in the French capital, but former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye looks set to start for Paris Saint-Germain today in their visit to the island of Corsica.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc is without right-back Serge Aurier due to the Africa Cup of Nations, but they are also missing Salvatore Sirigu, Thiago Motta, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Clement Chantome through a mixture of injuries and club suspensions.

The players missing will mean Cabaye should play in the midfield trio beside Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi and if he does it will be another chance for the former Newcastle United to get his career back on track.

Although they started 2015 in third place, Paris Saint-Germain could go top of Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon with a win at the Stade Armand-Cesari.

Marseille slip at the Stade de Mosson against Montpellier on Friday night means that Laurent Blanc’s side start Saturday’s game only three points short of l’OM, but they will need to show their own change in attitude if they want to beat Ghislain Printant’s islanders.

Bastia started the New Year with a wonderful cup win over Lille and will hope they can keep the momentum going. Although they sit 19th, they are only three points off Toulouse in 14th.

Loanee Alphonse Areola will play against his parent club and it will be a huge test to see if he can shut out Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore in the PSG attack.

Twelve years have passed since the Corsican club won at home against the Parisians. Florian Maurice’s right-foot strike in the 37th minute was the difference between the two sides.

Thiago Motta’s form and fitness will open the door for Cabaye to get a run in the Parisian side, but it is then up to the France international to take it with both hands.

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Cabaye, but Motta’s demise and the possible outgoing loan move for Adrien Rabiot would leave PSG short in the midfield position. As a result, it is unlikely that the former Lille player will be returning to the Premier League this winter.

However, if Cabaye wants to remain at PSG for next season, he needs to start 2015 with a bang, that could be on Saturday against Bastia.

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