St James’ Park winger back in action.
Newcastle United have received an injury boost with the new that flying winger Hatem Ben Arfa is back in training and closing in on a return to action.
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The St James’ Park club slipped into a mid-season slump after French international Ben Arfa suffered a hamstring injury, which has now kept him out of action for the last two months.
But manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Ben Arfa, who is expected to be the subject of interest from Liverpool in the summer, is now back in full training and could even be a surprise inclusion for Thursday night’s Europa League second leg clash with Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine.
A more likely return to action, however, is in the Premier League clash at Southampton on Sunday, a game in which Pardew could field a full strength team for the first time since the early part of the season.
“We are looking well and Hatem Ben Arfa has come back,” Pardew told Sky Sports. “I am sure our fans are looking forward to hearing that and we had our full squad training which is great.”
Newcastle have become embroiled in a relegation battle in the Premier League after suffering a crippling injury list this season which has sidelined key names Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini and Ben Arfa for periods of the season.