My tribe

Newcastle boss Pardew: Ben Arfa will see Sunderland action

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has confirmed plans of Hatem Ben Arfa seeing action against Sunderland.

The Frenchman has had two aborted comebacks, and at one stage Newcastle feared he would need to have ­surgery on his damaged ­hamstring.

But Pardew is cautiously optimistic that Ben Arfa's problems are now behind him and he is closing in on a return.

Pardew said: "He still has scar tissue in the hamstring but showing no ill-effects from it.

"He thinks he is now 100 per cent fit and we are treating him as that.

"He has a week's work ahead of him and there could be a cameo against Sunderland."

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?