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Ben Arfa Could Still Start Today

9:35 am, Saturday, December 15th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is set to make a late call on his french international winger Ben Arfa, before the game at home to Manchester City, and we have to hope the 13 times capped French International can start this game. Ben Arfa made Newcastle even look a threatening side last Monday night in london against Fulham, and scored a fantastic goal, that he somehow conjured up out of nothing.

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Ben Arfa after scoring fabulous goal last Monday night in London

And those are the goals we need right now to inspire our troops to go on and try to win some games this season, and after losing five of our last six league games, we have a very tough challenge today when Manchester City come a calling.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Ben Arfa today:

“It’s a tricky one for Hatem, the doctor and particularly for myself. It’s hard to know exactly where he is. We think he’s got a problem but it’s not reflected in him at the minute. It’s an unusual situation. My gut feeling is that he won’t be fit.”

Apparently Ben Arfa is telling the doctors that he cannot feel the hamstring, but if Alan risks him and he’s not fit,  he could injure the hamstring, and then be out for several more weeks – so it’s a tough call for the Newcastle manager.

But we think Ben Arfa will play today – and with him in the side, almost anything is possible.

What do you think?

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News





8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sirtoongospel // Dec 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Hope he is fit. As for previous thread, that is exactly why Tiote has been poor. Like superman without his cape. Cheick would be better flat out, and if he misses 6 games through suspension so be it. We would have to rest him anyway.

    Get stuck in Cheick and stop mucking around.

    And Pardew, leave him alone and let him play, since you warned him he has been poor,

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Dec 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Ba and cisse in a 442 does not work. Ba and Cisse in a 433 with Ba out left does work.

    Ba won’t play left any more, so after 25 games try and come up with something different even if it means one of them on the bench please pardew. That’s what you’re paid for.

  • 3 niafron // Dec 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Bonjour messieurs.

  • 4 Jam only For H.ben Arfa // Dec 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Hello, I think he doesn’t start for me today because he doesn’t appears in the pictures of trainings…
    Maybe sub…

  • 5 bills-son // Dec 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    If HBA plays and is then out for 4/5 games this will be a bad decision. A hamstring tweak can cure quickly, play on it and it can quickly get worse. HBA is far more important to us for the next 4/5 games than the next one.

  • 6 Scottiedog // Dec 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    4-3-3 ba to start then cisse to come on at half time. Bennie & marveauxon left / right of front three

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Dec 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    scottie dog
    you know it makes sense just hope pardew can finally see that.

  • 8 Graeme // Dec 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Unless HBA is 100% fit, he should be nowhere near the pitch today. We still have half a season to play; we expect nothing from this game, why would you risk him??




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