St James’ Park trip to America goes from bad to worse.
Newcastle United have suffered another blow on their pre-season tour to America with midfielder Hatem ben Arfa being sent home due to an ankle injury.
The 24-year-old has just returned from a double leg fracture he suffered last season but only lasted 30 minutes until a poor challenge from Sporting Kansas’ Roger Espinoza.
The France international will now fly back to Tyneside to get more assessment on the problem and begin his rehabilitation.
It is another piece of bad news for Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, who embarked on the tour last Sunday without Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Nile Ranger after they were refused entry visas.
Pardew had hoped to integrate his new signings into the squad during the tour but those plans are now in tatters.
Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba, Pardew’s summer signings, made their Newcastle debuts at the Livestrong Stadium, but were unable to give them a winning start to their three-match tour.
Newcastle face Orlando City during the early hours of Sunday morning and Columbus Crew three days later.