Ben Arfa a doubt for weekend

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Hatem Ben Arfa is a doubt for their game against Manchester City at the weekend as the Frenchman struggles with a hamstring injury he picked up during his side’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fulham.

Speaking to the press ahead of this weekend’s fixture, Pardew commented on the options available to Newcastle’s opponents while bemoaning his side’s injury problems.

Pardew said

“(City) can call on five, six or seven top, top, international flair players and we probably have three, so we are on a knife edge when they are fit and when they are not fit.

“For this game we have a bit of a concern over Hatem and whether he will be available. His hamstring has a little bit of a problem and we’re still trying to get to the bottom of that.”

“On our side we look weak with the injuries we have sustained and we may need to bring in a player or two. We are in the market, as I’m sure a few other clubs will be.

“Mike has been very supportive and I want to look him in the eye with great results under my belt, but at the minute I can’t. I’m looking at him in the eye and I’ve got tricky results.

“He understands that and has been very supportive and now we look to the window hopefully and we may need some assistance in that but we will see.

“It would be nice to get one or two back, Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye around our first team, and hopefully bring one or maybe two players in the window if we can.

“We’re a good side that is under-performing and there are reasons for that but we can’t accept that. We have to work and we are working as hard as we can to turn the situation in our favour.”

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