Ben Arfa is now a doubt for tomorrow’s important game against Aston Villa, after the player did not participate in training yesterday after suffering a knock.
Ben Arfa and Pardew – in happier times
.The French International will be given a fitness test today ahead of the game tomorrow, but it was always unlikely he would start that game, after he was ripped apart by Alan Pardew in the dressing room, after the 4-0 defeat by Tottenham, for his lack of effort and passion after he had come on as a sub in that game.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette today:
“Hatem’s got a knock.” “He didn’t train, and I’m not sure he’s going to make it.”
It seems that it’s doubtful that Ben Arfa will be fit to play, but the best he would hope for is a sub appearance tomorrow, and maybe Sammy Ameobi will now get a run out in the second half – if the state of the game warrants it.
Ben Arfa could well be playing in his last season for Newcastle and could be sold in the summer, since he will then have only one year left on his contract.
Ben Arfa has played 81 times for Newcastle with 14 goals and 19 assists, since signing permanently for the club just over three years ago from Marseilles.
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