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Pardew counting on half-fit Ben Arfa

May 7, 2013
By Kristan Heneage
Alan Pardew believes Hatem Ben Arfa could prove key in securing Newcastle's Premier League status for next season despite the forward's continuing struggles with his fitness.

The 25-year-old has endured an injury-plagued campaign for the Magpies, and was ruled out for the rest of the season by Pardew back in March. The Frenchman returned against Benfica last month, since when the Magpies have scored just one goal in four league games, something Pardew admits must be redressed.

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