Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:15
Alan Pardew says Newcastle will reap the benfits of Yohan Cabaye's run out for France against Australia on Friday.
The 27-year-old is still playing catch up on his team mates having sat out the first two matches of the season in the hope of forcing through a move to Arsenal.
After his prospective move to the Gunners fell through Cabaye has been forced to concentrate on his career at St James' Park, claiming last week he is totally committed to the Toon's cause.
Pardew says he was impressed with Cabaye's attitude in the clash with Cardiff last Saturday and is now hopeful the midfielder can improve his match fitness while away on international duty.
"He was unbelievable in the first half, but he got tired," Pardew told the Gazette. "He's not battle-hardened yet, and I think the two games for France might be a good thing for us."
Cabaye, along with club mates Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy, will line up for France on Friday in their friendly clash with Australia before the World Cup qualifier against Finland on Tuesday.
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