As expected Hatem Ben Arfa is in Newcastle United’s 19 man squad for their trip to Moscow this morning, and he seems fully recovered from his hamstring problem, and is almost certain to get some playing time tomorrow night.
Hatem Ben Arfa – blows a kiss to Newcastle’s fans
Ben Arfa is returning from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out for three months, and he picked it up in late November in the home games against Maritimo, but the big mistake was made when he played at Fulham on early December and he made things a lot worse and it’s now over three months since the Fulham game.
We wonder how long he would have been out if he hadn’t been rushed back into the side, and at the time we were losing nearly all our games.
It was understandable why Newcastle tried to get one of our very best players back as early as possible, but that seems to have backfired on Newcastle – but we suppose you live and learn – and the lad is now fit for our next 12 games left in the season.
This is what manager Pardew had said about Ben Arfa’s current fitness:
“I think he’s got a chance.” “We’ll see how he shapes up. He worked all weekend. Hopefully, we’ll get him even closer.”
And Davide Santon traveled this time, as he was slightly injured for the game in Kharkiv, and new boy Massadio Haidara came in at left back, and had what Alan Pardew called a brilliant debut for the Magpies. Certainly the 20 year-old looked a tremendous young player in the Ukraine.
It’s going to be interesting which team Alan Pardew starts tomorrow night, but the side will include Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor, who seem to be the men Alan Pardew is playing in every game, and are the backbone of the side in Colo’s absence.
Here’s Newcastle’s 19 man squad which also includes Dan Gosling:
Jak Alnwick, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
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