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Cabaye ready for Magpies return

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is champing at the bit to make his return against Wolves on Saturday after being out of action for nearly a month.

The France international is back in contention after serving a three-match ban for violent conduct following an incident involving Brighton's Adam El-Abd during the FA Cup tie at the Amex Stadium on January 28. The 26-year-old former Lille player is desperate to make his return and revealed he has upped his training in a bid to secure a place in Alan Pardew's side.

"Three matches out was so long for me, and then another week without a fixture as well," Cabaye told the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk. "It was very frustrating how it happened at Brighton but that is football and I have learned from it. But I have worked hard to be ready and fit again."

He added: "During my time out I have been training with the team as normal but also training on my own at home.

"I wanted to stay as fit as possible so have been running and using the gym at home. If the manager selects me against Wolves I will be ready."

And Cabaye is confident the Magpies can shore up their defence and return to winning form following the 5-0 defeat by Tottenham at White Hart lane in their last Barclays Premier League fixture on February 11.

"The most important thing is just to think about Wolves," Cabaye said. "We have to forget what happened at Tottenham and keep moving forward.

"We will play with good spirit and to win the game, and we will go out there with only that in our minds.

"It is important to win at home - that is it. We know the next two games are very difficult, but at home I think we can beat every team if our spirit is good and if we want to compete.

"I saw that they have changed their manager so I don't know what they will be like now, but no game in the Premier League is easy."

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