Good News – Ben Arfa And Others Back On Monday

Although last night was a disappointing one , especially for those loyal fans who made the long trip to Bordeaux to see such a lack-luster and spiritless display, there’s good news today on the injury front, and a number of the injured Newcastle players are training again, and should be fit for Monday night’s game at Craven Cottage.

Ben Arfa – fit again – back on Monday

The four players who were injured on Monday night – Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez – will soon be back in training and longer term injured players Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabby Obertan will also be training tomorrow, and available for the Fulham game.

This is the good news Alan Pardew dished out last night after the game:

“ “We can look forward to seeing bodies back for Monday night against Fulham – Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Gabby Obertan, Davide Santon and Hatem Ben Arfa will train on Saturday, and Jonas Gutierrez on Sunday.” “We are in a better position now.”

It will be great to have Ben Arfa back in the team again, and his usual deputy on the right wing – French U21 International Gabby Obertan – has been out with a number of weeks with a toe injury – so we’re glad that’s now cleared up.

Newcastle should be able to field their strongest side on Monday night, apart from just two players – Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor – who are scheduled to return in February.

We need another win on Monday night to lift the mood on Tyneside.

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13 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news that HBA is back!

    Don’t hold your breath on this board spending any money.
    They are serial under-spenders.

    All they want is a mid-table finish at the lowest cost possible.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    That is good news, but hopefully it isn’t too soon.

  • woolerbill

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Obertan, this young man was out earlier in the season with a toe injury, doe’s he have a problem we don’t know about.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    HBA. You just have to love the guy! Can’t wait to see his dribbles and tricks again!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought pardew would have liked to have topped the group but as has been pointed out it would give us little advantage re the teams we face in the next round.

    So, really speaking a good test for a makeshift team of youngsters, gives pards a look at options and we get to see what he really does have to hand, which isn’t spectacular. However, good experience, and time to regroup for the knockout games so no harm done.

    Roll on fulham.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Poor old Marveaux, with safety first pardew he’s got no chance now!

    Would love to see


    Santon Colo Perch Jonas (LB)

    Tiote Anita

    Benny Ba Marveaux

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7


    The problem obertan has is he doesn’t know how to kick a ball. Haha

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Very confident Rotonda to go out with only 9 outfield players haha.

    I’d have marvoux central and cisse wide like Monday. Same team but hatem in for jonas

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Transfer- Aside from Ranger the youngsters didn’t apply themselves. Put yourself in the youngsters place you would give it a right go. I felt sorry for Abeid because he took up good positions but was bypassed. Ferguson was shocking his positional play makes me nervous of him being a PL starter anytime soon. Marve looked so much better when played as an attacking midfielder towards the end. Let’s get Abeid, Sammy and Ferguson out on loan. HBA, Jonas and Obertan are all fit for Fulham.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10


    Yeh a few didn’t play as well as they could but how much is that them not playing well and how much them being stopped by the opposition?

    It’s difficult to have 7 youngsters (or players with limited first team experience) in the team all at once.

    Especially when the senior players were sholo, willo and perch….not the best lot to learn from

  • AmericanGeordie

    Dec 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    With the players expected to be available, I’d love to see AP line up like this:


    I’d REALLY love to see AP field Benny in the middle of the pitch. Give him a little more free reign to creat going forward, and the security of having Anita and Tiote sitting behind him to break up the play going the other way.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Simpson Perch Coloccini Santon
    Anita Tiote Marveaux
    Benny Ba Cisse

    If not, then Cisse on the right and Benny on the left. After Marveaux’s performance against Wig an, surely Pardew won’t start Jonas instead. Right?:)

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    team v fulham

    simpson colo perch santon

    ——–anita tiote jonas

    ——ben arfa ba cisse


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