Saturday's matchup between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille was supposed to be a fairly irrelevant affair, as PSG already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title mid-week. But the French national team may have been dealt a pretty major blow, as Yohan Cabaye had to leave the game with an injury.
From Robin Bairner of Goal.com:
Added Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:
Recap: Martin sent off for dreadfully timed challenge on Cabaye. The PSG man (playing vs. his former side) stretchered off in tears.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 10, 2014
Deschamps names provisional 30-man squad for Brazil next Tuesday. If Cabaye was to miss out, it would cap miserable start to life at PSG.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) May 10, 2014
Cabaye's first year with PSG has certainly been a disappointment. Since being brought aboard in January, he's appeared in 14 Ligue games but made just eight starts, earning a 6.72 average match rating at WhoScored and adding two assists.
When you consider that he notched 17 starts and 19 total appearances, seven goals, two assists and a 7.46 average match rating for Newcastle before making the move to Paris this year, well, the grass isn't always greener, as the saying goes.
To his credit, before PSG had wrapped up the title, Cabaye talked about why he had come to the club in the first place and didn't focus on his playing time, per Goal.com:
Last time I won something it was a double and now it will be another double.
I have never won the Coupe de la Ligue and it will be the second time for me to win a championship so for me it is a great thing.
That is why I came here to play with PSG.
Unfortunately, now his World Cup hopes look doubtful. That double may be sweet, but how devastating will it be if Cabaye can't play in Brazil because of a poor tackle in a meaningless game?
That is always the danger this time of year. It would appear Cabaye's season won't end on such a sweet note after all.