Newcastle boss Pardew counting on Ben Arfa for Fulham trip

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes to have Hatem Ben Arfa available for their clash with Fulham.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes to have Hatem Ben Arfa available for their clash with Fulham.

The 25-year-old France international, one of the few Magpies to shine on a regular basis during a difficult start to the campaign, has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury.

"If he is fit enough to play, it would be important because he's a good player - a great player," Pardew said.

"If there was one defender to beat and I had to choose a player too take him on beat him, it would be Hatem. That's his real strength."

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