There was a report out in the Daily Mail earlier today that Ben Arfa was doubtful for tomorrow’s game against Stoke City becasue of a dead leg, but it looks like he will be OK according to the local news in Newcastle, and Ben Arfa is expected to be ready to play in the game tomorrow.
Ben Arfa in action against Liverpool earlier this season
And the proof that the French wizard will be involved tomorrow, either starting or coming off the bench comes directly from manager Alan Pardew.
Considering it was Ben Arfa’s first senior game for three months last Thursday night, we thought he did very well, and of course he will only get better with more matches played.
And if Papiss Cisse had been fit on Thursday night, the Senegal striker would have started and Ben Arfa would have been on the bench, and we suppose it could be the same thing for tomorrow, with Cisse still doubtful for that game with a virus.
But Alan Pardew also has Shola Ameobi who could play the striker role, and so can Frenchman Yoan Gouffran.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said today in the local papers:
“Hatem lasted longer than I thought.” “At half-time I thought we might have to take him off, but he got to 60 minutes, which means that Shola should be OK for Sunday.”
“It’s that electric sharpness that we know he’s got,” added Pardew. “He got away a couple of times, but he couldn’t get away fully.” “That’ll come in the next two weeks, but he’ll be involved against Stoke.”
Ben Arfa scored last time out in the league – way back in early December against Fulham, and he was our Man of the Match for that game, but alas he injured that hamstring again, and he’s been out ever since.
But there’s still time to celebrate his 26th birthday last Thursday with a goal tomorrow in a game against Stoke City that Newcastle must win.
And if Newcastle can win the game by two goals we’ll go above Stoke in the league table, and the Potters are currently in 11th place, so there are a lot of teams bunched together and within a few points of each other.
That’s another reason we need all 3 points tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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