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Pardew: Ben Arfa must improve fitness

February 28, 2013
By ESPN staff
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned Hatem Ben Arfa to improve his fitness and work harder to return if he wants to get back into the first-team.

Ben Arfa, 25, has been out of action since December 10 with a hamstring injury, but his recovery has been hindered by setbacks which have seen him pull out of last Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton and now this weekend's trip to Swansea.

A disappointed Pardew admits that he has been unimpressed by the Frenchman's fitness ...

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