Ben Arfa Fit For Benfica Game – Colo Back For West Brom


After the disappointing news today that Steven Taylor is likely to miss the game tomorrow night against Benfica, after picking up another injury in training, Alan Pardew had some good news,  that French International Hatem Ben Arfa is available for the game.

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Ben Arfa – last time he played in Moscow against Anzhi

The Frenchman had returned to France a few weeks ago, after Alan Pardew had said he would be out for the rest of the season, and that he would need an operation on his troublesome  hamstring.

But several specialists took a look at the hamstring, and said there was scar tissue there, but that he could play with no ill effects, and they said his hamstring was 100%.

The last time Ben Arfa played was in the Europa League, when we played Anzhi in Moscow, and he had a good game, but then had a bad reaction after the game, which led to Pardew saying he needed an operation.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the mercurial winger this afternoon:

“Hatem has made an unbelievable recovery.” “He will be involved tomorrow and I’m sure if he’s needed he will be somebody that can turn the game.”

“Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy – who’s obviously unavailable – are both going to be training tomorrow, which is good news for us.”

“Other than Steven Taylor, everybody else is available.” “We’re not far away but tomorrow night is probably just too soon for a couple of the key hitters.”

It remains to be seen if Alan Pardew will use Ben Arfa tomorrow night, although he says he will be involved, but we have a feeling that he will be held back for the important game against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, where a win against our local rivals could see us safe in the Premier League, and 8 points above Sunderland.

Ben Arfa will probably start on the bench tomorrow night against Benfica.

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Fab Coloccini – back for game at West Brom

The other good new is that Fabricio Coloccini should be fit to play at West Brom in ten days time, on Saturday 20th April, and we have a decent chance of picking up something from that game at the Hawthorns.

This is what Alan said about Colo

“Fabricio Coloccini I would say is looking at West Brom in terms of our fixture list – he has perhaps a small chance of that game – but we’re almost there.”

Comments welcome.

Note:  For those attending Thursday’s game (and Sunday too) please bring your scarves to the the game, as there is an effort to recreate the atmosphere at Alan Shearer’s testimonial, and hopefully inspire our lads to two famous wins.

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79 comments so far

  • barkintoonfan9

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #1

    wow just got a little turned on… please dont be a keiron dyear hatem!!!

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  • Shane

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Steven Taylor is fit and will play, trust me.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    KEEP BELIEVING STEVIE G YOU ARE THE PINNACLE CORE OF THE BLACK N WHITE ARMY GET READDDYYYY 4 THIS ONE

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    KEEP ROLLING ON AND ON AND ON ON ONNNN

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  • AwToonnufc

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Happy he is back and is good to have as an option on the bench if we need him…But I would much rather keep him fit for sunday. Can’t wait to see him back. I’d advise anyone to go on youtube and look at http://www.youtube.com/user/BenArfa10i?feature=watch. it shows just how good he is and how much he can contribute to the team. It’ll be nice to see him with the new signings as well!

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  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    shane

    oh yes as a club representative i will trust you

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh well. 3511 tomorrow.
    Krul
    Simmo yanga perch
    Gutz marv sissoko anita haidara
    Hba
    Cisse

    Gutz and haidara as wingbacks although could put anita at rwb and put gutz in feild. The 3 central mids all pile forward when they can. Make it an attacking formation. Nowt to lose

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  • do the hatem shake

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #8

    i think ben arfa will get on in the last 20 mins if its 1-0 to us just to get that creativity and if he survives 20 minutes then i can see a start against sunderland we just have to wait and see and for medical staff i have to say what the f-ck are you guys doing you idiots i mean telling us that ben arfa out for the full season then now hes back i just think we need to revamp the backroom staff

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    BEN 10 LAST 20 MINS GRABS THE 2ND 2-0 WIN 100% IF WILLO PLAYS WHERE DOOMED SIMPLE AS

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  • Jackel001

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Rather rest the two of them for Sunday.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    REST WILLO 4 LIFE LOCK HIM AWAY PLAY 3 AT THE BACCK ATTACK ATTACK ATTACKKKKK

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    JUST BE READY FOR TMOZ ITS GONNA EXPLODE ONNN AND ON AND ONNNNN PICKING UP THE ENERGY,,, PLACCE TO BE UUU READDYYYYYYYYY

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #13

    dids, great enthusiasm, but Caps Lock isn’t your friend.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    ggggggg mannnnn rocking rocking rocking celebrate the style i know u cant forget ime crazy for u too. i dont wanna stop this feeling now

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15

    dids why are you shouting? haha

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  • Jayden

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Shane, how do you know?

    ( Inquisitive, not challenging 🙂 )

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  • toonfan91

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Wouldnt be suprised if this was a ploy just to save saylor for the derby since he has played every game for the last 3 months

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    wen i say business WOLF you say BANGINGGGGGGGGG rocking on and on and onnnnnn

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19

    ok dids dude 🙂

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Whatever your drinking dids, it’s working, but I think you might want to make this one your last.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #21

    i simply wanna say close to u 1 more dayyyy, b with me one more night i love u toon

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Dids can i borrow some of your drugs, please. Horse tranqs is it?

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #23

    time to come alive u are the onlyy 1 for me

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    FRIBBLE ME WITH A WELLLLLLIIEEEEE. SNOTTLE YOUR GROOBS LIKE ITS SATURDAYYYYY TEAPOT.

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    @22. I reckon he must have been hitting the Asda Smart Price Corned Beef!

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #26

    isent that illegal

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #27

    either way i wanna play

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28

    gggggg u heard the tune see ya l8a gee ude love it

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  • Jayden

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #29

    dids, Daddy’ll be home in an hour, he’ll want his laptop back 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #30

    @ G….. yeah he’s ripped to the t1tz on budget lasagne

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #31

    mini dids is out playing with the horses in the back garden mate u tripping r wat

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #32

    dids is keith at the milk barn :- )

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  • G

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #33

    @28, I have no idea what that means, when my teenage daughter gets home I will ask her to translate.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #34

    dont u know how many times ime running like the wind

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Milk dids? Aren’t they an american sweet?

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #36

    its not my religion its an assassination

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #37

    All those drugs will give you wind and the runs, dids. Get some imodium.

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #38

    milky beans try it very sweet

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #39

    lol well im having fun

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  • dids

    Apr 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #40

    just get to the seriousness of the blog lads discuss lol williamson in for stevie gee how do u fancy our chances now. bookies robbed us again STANDARD

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