Some disappointing news this afternoon on Newcastle’s French winger Ben Arfa, as he is ruled out of tomorrow night’s important game with Anzhi.
Ben Arfa in action last Thursday night
The Frenchman suffered a reaction after playing for Newcastle last Thursday night in Moscow, and he was not risked on Sunday against Stoke, but we were hoping he would be fit enough to play against Anzhi again in the second leg, but we guess not.
Ben Arfa suffered a hamstring strain in November, when playing at home to Maritimo, and that’s now almost four months ago, yet he has only played two games since – one in early December at Fulham, when he had a bad reaction, and his next game was last Thursday.
But it seems he’s again suffered a bad reaction again to playing, and this is getting a little worrying, but it’s better than Newcastle be on the safe side, and let Ben Arfa fully recover before he plays again.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about his mercurial winger:
“The team news is pretty good apart from Hatem.” “He’s not going to make this game.” “We are trying to finalize his hamstring injury before we put him back in.
“He’s had a little setback and a specialist will look at it.” “I will know more at my next press conference.”
So it seems the hamstring is still not right, so we’ll have to see what conclusion the specialist comes to – hopefully we’ll know very soon.
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