It seems there’s still a doubt about whether Ben Arfa will be fit enough to face Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and a win in that game could give some momentum to Newcastle’s season, which is exactly what we need.
Ben Arfa – fighting for fitness
Ben Arfa has been out with an injury since the Tottenham debacle in February, which was maybe our worst performance of the season, and it looks like it’s touch and go whether he will make the game on Saturday afternoon against the 4th bottom side.
Ben Arfa has increased his training this week, and has been working towards being fit for the Palace game, but we suppose we could hear more in today’s press conference for the game, and we wonder if John Carver will be taking that instead of the suspended Alan Pardew?
John Carver has handled all the media duties since the Fulham game, and this is what he has told the Shields Gazette today, about what he thinks happened at Fulham, when we surprisingly went down 1-0 with a poor performance to the bottom of the league side:
“The one thing I would say is that we did just lack that little bit of quality in the final third,” “The final pass wasn’t great. ” “But as always, this group of players work extremely hard for each other.”
“We possibly didn’t have the same energy levels we did at Hull when we won 4-1, but we had different players on the pitch.”
Italian International Davide Santon seems to be fit again, after recovering from a niggle in that dodgy knee of his, and it remains to be seen if the former Inter-Milan defender will be in one of the full back positions against Crustal Palace.
We really need a win in that game to re-ignite our season .
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