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PSG manager Laurent Blanc has eased France World Cup fears after insisting that Yohan Cabaye’s injury suffered in the recent victory over Lille is nothing to worry about.
The former Newcastle midfielder was stretchered off in the first half of the Ligue 1 Champions 3-1 win on Saturday, raising huge question marks about the 28-year-olds participation in the World Cup.
Cabaye has been a vital member of the France squad this season and has played an integral part in helping the French qualify for the tournament in Brazil, putting in a number of impressive performances in some crucial matches in qualifying.
National manager Didier Deschamps will be hugely relieved now Blanc confirmed that his star midfielder will be fit and ready for the World Cup after scans revealed the injury was not as serious as first thought.
“Reassuring news for Yohan Cabaye, Examinations revealed nothing very serious,” he said. “Just a very swollen ankle.”
France only scraped into the World Cup finals after defeating Ukraine in a play-off but they have arguably been handed one of the easier groups as they face matches against Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras – and are priced as strong 1.15 favourites qualify from their group.
Les Bleus are widely expected to make it into the first knockout stage of the competition and are installed at 1.63 to go through as group winners, but the faith in the 1998 World Cup winners begins to fade after that with the side seen as a long shot at 24.00 to claim their second title.