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Ben Arfa Ruled Out Of Start At West Brom

9 years ago

With Newcastle United desperate for inspiration, the player we’d love to see on the pitch is Hatem Ben Arfa.

However, Alan Pardew has made clear that Ben Arfa’s injury worries go on and on, with the manager needing to manage Hatem’s continuing hamstring problem.

As a fan, not a medical expert, it is hard to understand how they haven’t got to the bottom of the problem but the best we can hope for appears to be cameos as a substitute in the remaining five matches.

Alan Pardew;

“I still need to protect hatem’s hamstring and I can’t afford to lose him in the run-in.

If we get him into a place where he is fatigued then there’s more chance of him injuring the hamstring once again.

I’ll use Hatem to the maximum without getting him into that fatigued area, Basically I have to shepherd him back the best I can.

Hatem’s as cautious as we are that his hamstring is protected because he knows that he can influence games comes off the bench and we also need him next season.”

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