Ben Arfa will not play tonight, and that was not only disappointing news for Newcastle fans, but it’s a worry that he had a reaction after playing last Thursday night in Moscow, especially when he’s been out over three months with the hamstring injury.
Ben Arfa – seeing specialist today
Ben Arfa will be seeing a specialist today, and we suppose he could be cleared to keep playing, as the Newcastle medics seem to be taking no chances after he was played too early at Fulham in December, and that put him back a few months.
But there was some good news today from manager Alan Pardew, who says the injury is not long-term.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the French winger, who’s essentially been out since the home game against Maritimo in November, when he first injured the hamstring:
“Only he could answer how he’s had to cope with that, but I think he’s in a good place at the moment.” “The injury is one we have to be very careful with because more important is his welfare going forward so we don’t take any risks.”
“He’s had a strain so he could be involved as early as Wigan so the alarm bells aren’t ringing.” “There’s nothing untoward and if I’m honest him missing isn’t going to impact greatly on the game; the side is in a good place, we can beat them without him.”
We’ll have to wait for the report today from the specialist, but we hope it’s a positive one, and we may need Ben Arfa at Wigan to unlock their defense, since we have to do a lot better than we did at the DW Stadium last season, when we lost 4-0 – and that ended a six game winning streak in the league.
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