Ben Arfa is now doubtful for Sunday’s important game against Stoke City, because after coming through over an hour of the game against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow, he has a dead leg.
Ben Arfa in action on Thursday night in Moscow
It turns out that during the game on a frozen artificial pitch, Ben Arfa was kicked just above his left knee, and that has now left him as a doubt for the game on Sunday against Stoke City, which is an important league game for Newcastle..
Alan Pardew will now have to wait until the Saturday training session, to see just how bad the French International is, although only Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are the other players out injured.
We are hoping that Papiss Cisse is fit again and recovered from his virus infection that forced him to miss the game in Russia, and since Ben Arfa was essentially used as a striker on Thursday night, Alan Pardew will have plenty of good players to choose from.
And maybe Newcastle’s lineup for Sunday’s game could be the following – if Ben Arfa is not available.
Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Gouffran Tiote Cabaye (c) Gutierrez
That’s a strong side and shows seven changes from the starting eleven on Thursday night.
Newcastle must try to win the game against Stoke, because we need all 3 points to get ourselves up that league table.
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