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Alan Pardew Gives Injury Update

8 years ago
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In the aftermath of the Europa League match against Maritimo, Alan Pardew was left counting heads as he prepares for the trip to Southampton.

“It is a hamstring problem (Hatem Ben Arfa), so it will definitely keep him out on Sunday and probably next week. I don’t know from then on.

I don’t think it‘s a tear, according to the doctor, so it isn’t a long-term injury but it will keep him out for the immediate future. We’re just having blow after blow.

He (Cisse) got a kick on the thigh and was starting to limp as it tightened up over half-time, so I had to take him off. With no striker on the bench (Demba Ba already on) it was proving problematic.

Shola looks doubtful for the next couple of weeks but I think Papiss has got a good chance for Sunday, hopefully we have done enough to protect him”.

Hopefully this is a realistic overview because the thought of both Cisse and especially Ben Arfa missing for any extended period doesn’t bear thinking about.

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