Oh No – Ben Arfa A Major Doubt For Saturday


Alan Pardew revealed some worrying news today that Hatem Ben Arfa’s hamstring is still causing him some problems, and he is now doubtful for Saturday’s game at home to Manchester City, and the visitors are overwhelming favorites to win the game.

ben arfa after scorng great goal

Ben Arfa – after scoring superb goal at Fulham

Pardew took Ben Arfa off in the second half at Fulham on Monday night, after he had been our best player and scored a wonderful opportunist goal, and he made a tremendous difference to Newcastle’s play with his flair and imagination.

But the Newcastle manager has talked about how the hamstring injury is still causing the mercurial French International some trouble:

“For this game we have a bit of a concern over Hatem and whether he will be available. His hamstring has a little bit of a problem and we’re still trying to get to the bottom of that.”

It’s one of our toughest games of the season on Saturday, and in the same fixture last year we went down 2-0 in our second last game of the  season, and the season before that we lost 3-1, shortly after Alan Pardew took over.

And the way we have been playing has not garnered much hope from Newcastle fans that we can get much out of this game – especially without Ben Arfa in the team.

Hatem has been a tremendous signing for Newcastle and he’s played 14 times this season with 3 goals and 3 assists,  and overall he has made 48 appearances for the Magpies with 10 goals and 10 assist, and that’s not a bad record at all, given that he missed almost a year with his double leg fracture.

The Frenchman will be a big miss on Saturday if he cannot play – but the most important thing is to get the lad fully fit again.

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136 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Having Cheryl Ferguson turn up as his Santagram is too good for Ashley.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Our injury record this season is a complete joke

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Best not to risk him as even with his brilliance realistically we are going to lose. Would rather have him ready for winnable games although the way were playing there’s not many of them.

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  • MacToon

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #4

    😆 One of the better ones Jail.

    Maybe he (Hatem) was rushed back too quickly!

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  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5

    We just go plan “B”

    Park the bus; then play 6 – 3 – 1 lol. If it starts to get tough, we can go to plan “C” of 7 – 2 – 1, just to keep them honest, obviously!!!

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  • MacToon

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Graeme, I was thinking 5-4-1 or even 5-5 might be best 😉 but sod the white flag, let’s get at them and make SAF’s day.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t risk him if he is not fit. There are much more important games than man city coming up.

    Rest him and try marvoux

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully more Jedi mind tricks from our under pressure manager, with any luck the tactically naive Mancini isn’t pals with AVB or he might get rumbled.

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  • Joe Blog

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh well, just means we’ll get beat 6-0 now, rather than 6-1.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    A bit too soon on Monday me thinks.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Mac, we could of course just say FCUK IT. Go balls out full on attack for 90 minutes; do a Keegan on them – play to score 5, if we concede 4, so what lol.

    I doubt Mancini would expect it and by the time he had it worked out, we would be 3 or 4 in front!!

    Whats the worst that can happen? We get handed our arses on a plate? But that’s likely to happen anyway!!! Nowt to lose, give them heaps lol

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  • Luke-A-Like

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I can see the return of the tactical hoof ball against man city as we attempt to defend for 90 mins

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Disappointed in this. It wouldn’t surprise me if he started though.

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  • toonking

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    HBA being out well marvo likely to start.
    one question about that should we feel good if he scores and proves that he is decent enough to start or will it just cause jonases husband to drop HBA

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  • toonking

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

    jonas’s

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Pardews bluffing.

    Dont really see city losing two premier league games on the spin like, but you never know.

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  • Ashton

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    We have the worst medical team in the world!. Our players seem to suffer from the same type of injuries over and over again. It’s absurd.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashton,
    What do you know about our medical staff and their qualifications as I suppose Stoke’s or Swansea’ bar the injuries we have had this season.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Want to see Marveaux and Ben Arfa in the same team.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #20

    why did pardew play him against fulham.? if he was not fit he shouldnt have played, he has obviously gone against the physio s advice, but then again pards knows best!!! otherwise we have major problems with our fitness, and strength and conditioning coaches, our injuries are shocking for a so-called top club.
    We never seem to be able to field a full side, more to the point , have we got a s/ condition coach.
    for some reason we seem to have problems running through the core of our club- nothing is right- not even our medical staff, but to be fair we have always, for as long as i can remember always suffered from injuries , maybe a change is needed in that debt as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Stuart 9,
    In all fairness we were quite good with injuries last year, so unless Mashley paid that particular team off for a cheaper team we have to put it down to bad luck.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    graeme @ 11 good tactic – i would without a doubt agree, however try telling mr pardew that !

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #23

    No stone will go unturned in the search for someone to blame. and now the medical staff. Bunch of quacks what do they know with their years of training .

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  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Stuart, sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind.

    We are expected to lose, shitty fully expect to win. We have absolutely NOTHING to lose.

    SO, take the game by the balls and just do them!!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #25

    JFA i did read somewhere that we had the worst record for injuries and players recovery times in the prem , if that is true i dont know , cant remember where i read now though!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Tequila,
    No, you’re right there everyone has their own theories on what’s to blame but that’s the first the medical team has come under fire, certainly can’t blame the training facilities as 66% of the Carroll sale profit was spent on that.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Our new look team could be this:

    Krul

    Debuchy Alderewerield Santon

    Anita Bigi Diame Tiote Sissoko

    Ben Arfa

    Remy

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  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail, was more than that – don’t forget the plumbing!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I underestimated the turn out for the game on Saturday and promised myself I wasn’t going to go, but just tried to get tickets and can’t find two together in the Gallowgate so it’s looking like a big un at the weekend.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #30

    graeme @24 as i said – i totally agree.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #31

    That team could work actually with Debuchy and Santon playing as wingbacks with the defensive midfielder dropping back to cover for Alderewerield etc.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #32

    JFA surely it`s obvious to everybody the new away strip is to blame . Either that or the curse of Wonga.
    Ash does like to count his money rather than spend it but I can`t believe he would be so stupid as to risk relegation and that lovely PL money by not spending some in Jan.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Anita, Diame and Sissokho can bomb forward and lesser creative player such as Bigi and Tiote can stay back and help the defense out.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Am dreading sat!!will be 3,4,5 nout to city.dreading going,and I’ve never thought that in a long time!!!!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    tequila @23 no ones blaming the medical staff for the poor results, but who do you blame if players are getting injured all the time , they seem to be off for long periods , then come back, then sidelined again, who do you blame ? I would love to blame ashley , but even i cant find a way to blame him for that !

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #36

    My team v City:

    Krul

    Santon Perch Coloccini Gutierrez

    Tiote

    Amalfitano Abeid Marveaux

    Cisse Ba

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Tequila,
    Let’s keep for fingers crossed, as anti Ashley as I am I haven’t yet posted that nothing will be spent in January, but my biggest concern is that we’re not the good looking prospects to commit yourself to atm, and if Debussy and Douglas aren’t interested for whatever reason do we have plan B’s lined up as we didn’t seem to have in the summer, on the upside we might end up raising our game for some of the big names coming up and we are after all still in the Europa league.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail
    It can be put down to bad luck, but it was good luck last season as to why we wouldn’t have that many injuries. Most other seasons our injury record has been shocking.
    It isn’t just the medical staffs fault either. It could also be put down to our training regime which is different due to Europe. Then there’s our training facilities which is well known to not being as good as other teams even with all the investments made.

    Something needs to change because it isn’t just bad luck.

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  • lucasnufc

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Mind games mind games mind games

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #40

    We might be able to sneak a point with that team. Amalfitano and Abeid need to be given the chance. Obertan has no end product.

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