Newcastle star talks of his inner troubles

Yohan Cabaye Newcastle midfielder

Yohan Cabaye has revealed how he was helped battle depression by rugby union star Jonny Wilkinson.

The Newcastle midfielder admitted he was drained after Euro-2012 last summer, and said it was the books of Jonny Wilkinson and tennis star Rafa Nadal that guided him through his distresses.

Speaking to the Sun, Cabaye said: “Depression? I am not afraid to say that. It was that. I was reassured reading the books of Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal, who both talked about the same thing.”

The Frenchman added: “They talked about post competition depression. Euro 2012 was the first big international competition I had played. On a morning when I woke up, I could still feel tiredness. I wanted to think about something else rather than football.”

Cabaye scored his first international goal in Euro 2012, against Ukraine in the group stage. But France were knocked out in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Spain, ending any dreams of lifting the Euro 2012 trophy.

The 27-year-old has played a vital role in Newcastle’s season, but has struggled with injuries over the course of the year. With the club struggling when the Frenchman isn’t there, Cabaye will be hoping to get a strong run of games together to run off his injury issues.

Cabaye should feature in Newcastle’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday, as the club look to increase the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

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