Newcastleâ€™s France international has been on compassionate leave due to his motherâ€™s ill health. Thankfully she is on the mend, though the time he has spent absent from training restricted Ben Arfa to a cameo role for victory over Crystal Palace.
That was still ample time to make a telling contribution, the inconsistent midfielder having benefited from a heart-to heart with Carver, who used the experience of recently losing his father to positive effect.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to cuddle him,â€ť Carver insisted. â€śYouâ€™ve got to get inside Hatemâ€™s head. Heâ€™s a nice guy and we had a real conversation about family life, nothing to do with football. That brought us closer.â€ť
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