There was some bad news given out by Alan Pardew yesterday, during his press conference for the game tomorrow at White Hart Lane, which kicks off at 12:45 pm.
The great Ben Arfa has just scored again
It was natural for Ben Arfa’s name to be brought up because a couple of weeks ago, Pardew said he’d be ready for the Tottenham game – but it now looks that return has been put back at least a couple of weeks, because the mercurial Frenchman is sick.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the Frenchman, who is recuperating at the Clairefontaine French Football Academy:
“He is genuinely sick and has missed four or five days work on the training ground.” “He has a good chance of being available for Southampton. But he is doubtful for the two European games when we initially thought he would be involved in those.”
“Ben Arfa gives us something we don’t otherwise have in the squad. You cannot get away from that.” “He can ghost past people as if they are not there as he has shown in certain situations and his work rate has improved dramatically so that he has become a major function for us.”
“So I am really looking forward to seeing him back.”
Newcastle play Spurs tomorrow, and then we have our games with Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League on the two Thursdays that follow the game, and then we play Southampton at home two weeks on Sunday – and that’s a league game we must win.
So those are the next four games on the Newcastle agenda, and it looks like Ben Arfa will be able to return for the Southampton game.
Including that game, Newcastle still have 12 matches to play in the league – so Ben Arfa can still make a vital impact to get Newcastle up that league table before the end of the season.
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