Newcastle news

Ben Arfa close to return

December 4, 2012
By Kristan Heneage
Newcastle have been given a boost with the news that Hatem Ben Arfa could return from injury in time for the Premier League game at Fulham next Monday.

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Ben Arfa, 25, was injured during the Europa League draw with Maritimo and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has already ruled the French midfielder out of their away game at Bordeaux on Thursday night.

But he confirmed he has a chance of bolstering Newcastle's injury-hit ranks against Fulham.
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