Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has revealed that Hatem Ben Arfa will be involved on Thursday night.

The French winger has recovered from injury and will come off the bench at some stage in the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Benfica according to the manager.

"Hatem Ben Arfa has made an unbelievable recovery - he will be involved," said Pardew.

"I am sure if he is needed, he will be somebody who can turn the game, so I have assets that have come to me maybe just in time."

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