Ben Arfa in doubt as Newcastle prepare for Man City
The French dazzler only returned to the Magpies line-up on Monday night after a couple of weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem but is struggling to be fit for Saturday's visit of reigning champions City.
Toon boss Alan Pardew suggested that Ben Arfa, who scored a brilliant goal in the 2-1 defeat at Fulham, may not get up for this weekend.
"For this game we have a bit of a concern over Hatem and whether he will be available. His hamstring has a little bit of a problem and we're still trying to get to the bottom of that," he said.