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More Good News On The Injury Front At Newcastle

10:42 am, Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

There is good news on the injury front today for Newcastle and as we reported earlier today the three injuries we picked up last night to Santon, Tiote and Ba are thought to be only slight strains, and now we hear that Ben Arfa will be fit to play at Craven Cottage next Monday night.

Ben Arfa – back for Fulham game?

Shola Ameobi was also on the bench last night, after recovering from his groin strain, and the big man is likely to start at Bordeaux on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Ben Arfa is recovering from a hamstring injury, and will not be risked in a rather meaningless game at Bordeaux, and there’s no doubt that Newcastle have really missed the Frenchman’s creativity, and it will be great to have Ben Arfa back for next Monday night.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the former Marseilles and Lyon player’s current situation:

“Hatem won’t have a chance for Bordeaux unfortunately.” “But I do think he’ll have a chance for Fulham.”

And Gabby Obertan’s toe injury has still to clear up, but he will not be able to play against his old club on Thursday night, but has a chance to be fit for next Monday.

All in all – it’s good news on the injury front for Newcastle this morning.

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Tags: Gabriel Obertan · Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News · Premier League · Shola Ameobi

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Just in case if you noticed.

    The first shot the BIGI took on the follow up of which Ciise tried a back heel, look at Ba’s position.

    Looks as if they will not pass to each other unless that is the only option left.

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Aye they never pass at i mean ba had a perfect opportunity to slot cisse through on goal when the cb was the wrong side of cisse in fact i reckon if they weren’t so selfish and ba had played cisse in we would of maybe got a pen and they might of had a player sent off
    Guess we’ll never know

  • 3 rainrix // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Indian… Well cisse is an instinctive striker, so going for goal is the main thing on his mind. Obviously hindsight is a wonderful thing and he should have passed to ba. Saying they will only pass to each other if theres nowt else on is a bit silly tbh.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM


    Ba played cisse through nicely for the pen..they linked better than normal but still not great…make the same runs too often.

    The problem was I thnik cisse was just desperate to get a goal and with us leading fancied a cheeky effort.

  • 5 croftus5678 // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM


    love the sarcasm

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM


    i know you will never be in my favour, guess what, i have stopped hoping too.

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Is hangeland still suspended

  • 8 Graeme // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Ed, Thursday is not a “meaningless” game – finishing top of the group means you miss all the CL third place teams who join Europa League.

    Missing some of the top teams in Europe and surviving a further round has to be worth a bit of effort, surely?

  • 9 sirtoongospel // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Do you not think that getting both strikers on the score sheet in the same game would be in their mind also? A Cisse goal would have made it an even better night. I thought both if them did well. Ba played well and Cisse put a massive shift in. We won 3 nil, played well, yet still people wanna have a pop.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    i think the only reason ba/cisse partnership is not world beating is that ba copes with the pressure well of trying to outperform cisse and cisse does not.
    if cisse is on his own i think he plays a lot better and if ba plays on his own he tends to be average-good think cisse just needs to calm down a little it may be our fault for hyping him up so much last season and now he’s trying too hard to be better than ba and mucking it up.

  • 11 tequilamag // Dec 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Indian do you actually watch the games , it was a pass from Cisse to Ba that won us the penalty.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    And i know you will always view our performances in the most negative context possible
    Hence why you were no where to be seen for most of last season and only popped up again during our stuttering start to the season
    Never anything to say when were riding high but always quick to put the boot in when were down
    But given up hoping too

  • 13 JDdubai // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Would be nice to have the following on monday night:


  • 14 GeordieDan // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM



    Indian always cheers me up in the morning. 😀

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Agreed mate both played well last night and cisse made some great runs into the channels just needs that confidence back to perhaps take an extra touch and run at goal rather than shooting as soon as possible but was impressed with both of them last night

  • 16 jeff // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Indian are u stupid do u watch the games

  • 17 tequilamag // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Great result last night and shows the importance of confidence. After we went ahead it was noticeable how suddenly everyone was making runs into space to be available for the ball and even the 2 Dembas were sprinting to pressure the defenders when they were trying to bring the ball out. It`s a good start but we should not get carried away. We were never as bad as the Catchys of the blog would have it nor are we suddenly now world beaters.
    I thought Jonas had a good game last night, when Wigan were outpassing us in the second half and Santon went off he dropped back to protect Fergie. What Jonas does is not spectacular in the way of HBA but his selfless work gets little or no praise.

  • 18 rainrix // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Croftus… For me why it doesn’t work is that they are too similar types of players. If you look back at the game yesterday when the ball comes into the box they’re in almost the same position. They make the same runs as each other and get in each others way. The 2nd goal is a good example they were pretty much standing next to each other. When one is out on the wing it frees up that space for the other one to thrive in.

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Very true cant under estimate the importance of going through as group winners what with the CL teams dropping in to the comp next round

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM


    I think the main issue is that cisse thrives on being a lone striker….he likes space to run off the shoulder.

    Ba prefers to have a partner.

    Cisse got most of his goals when ba was out left….or from just silly, spectacular goals like the 2 at chelsea.

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    I think the second goal was just what any instinctive CF would do make a run to the back stick in case the keeper spills it

  • 22 Neil // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    tequilamag just when I was about to agree with much of what you said in this thread (Apart from the pass was Ba to Cisse not Cisse to Ba) you say you thought Jonas had a good game last night. Honestly pal he has given us nothing of any significant note recently. He was, at best last night, a 6 out of 10

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM


    does part of you not want a top champs league team though?

    it would be harder but very entertaining.

    I hope we face athletico madrid at some point…love to see falcao at st james’

  • 24 croftus5678 // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM


    yep both prob right in a way and ye i did notice them both stood together on second goal.
    anyways 14 goals for a striking pair is very good as a strike force so i’m not bothered which of them scores them tbh i just hope we keep ba.
    so good to actually smile at this blog last 2 days instead of getting down and wanting to argue with all the negative comments…oh and the support at the ground was awsome aswell if we can do that even when we are losing as i’m sure it spurred the players on.

  • 25 tequilamag // Dec 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Neil, well I am glad you liked some of what I wrote. For Jonas I think he has become a scapegoat. He has never been a prolofic scorer or for that matter made many assists. When Enrique was playing it was often the case Jonas would do the work then pass to Enrique for the final ball. Jonas never hides when things are going badly and his work-rate is fantastic. It could be argued that LW is not the best position for Jonas anymore and on that I would agree but he still brings a hell of a lot to the party.

  • 26 tweaked // Dec 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    i hope he doesn’t play any first teamer’s against Bordeaux, give the youngsters a run and chance to see what they can do

  • 27 brian kilclines pony tail // Dec 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    jonas was caught flat footed and gave possession away far too often last night to say he played well.
    we need to stop thinking that if a player alters his position tactically during a game at the request of his manager then he is a god send, really he is just doing his job like most other people in the world.

  • 28 AdamSQZ // Dec 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM


    If we weren’t to play Simpson-Collo-Williamson-Santon – who would we have in defence?

    Tavernier – Tea Lady – Perch – Ferguson ??
    Totally lacking at the back right now.

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