Alan Pardew held his news conference this afternoon for tomorrow’s home game against Southampton, and the Newcastle manager seemed confident about tomorrow’s game, especially when he pointed out his bench was very strong these days.
Ben Arfa – not sharp enough yet
Alan talked about how Rob Elliot would be involved tomorrow, and that it was a good chance for the 26 year old goalkeeper, and he said it wasn’t yet clear how severe Tim Krul’s ankle injury was.
Alan said that Tim would definitely not be involved tomorrow – and he again said that Rob Elliot had been brilliant in training – and he deserved his chance.
And not surprisingly the reporters asked if Ben Arfa would be available, and this is what Alan said about the mercurial one:
“He definitely won’t be involved on Sunday, he’s nowhere near sharp enough for the Premier League level yet.” ”He’s getting there, he looks in good shape, looking forward to see him.” “I think maybe by Swansea we will get a little bit of Hatem hopefully”.
He said all the players now except Tim Krul and Hatem were fit and well and that they were all available.
Ben Arfa will be available for the game away at Southampton a week today.
Let us know how you think we’ll do tomorrow afternoon.
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