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Good News/Bad News on Cabaye & Ben Arfa Injuries

8 years ago
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Getting the really bad news out of the way first, Alan Pardew has revealed today that Hatem Ben Arfa will miss the rest of the season as he needs an operation on his hamstring.

Ben Arfa of course made his comeback in the away leg in Moscow and while the reports afterwards were that he’d suffered a dead leg, the reality has proved somewhat more serious.

It’s expected Hatem will be back for pre-season training and this was Alan Pardew’s take on the news;

“It’s terrible news as Hatem gives us the X factor and he will be a big miss”.

On a brighter note the manager expects Yohan Cabaye to be available for Sunday’s match at Wigan.

I don’t think many of us thought that would be the case when the midfielder was forced off last night but a big relief.

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