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 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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