Hatem Ben Arfa sets date for return



Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has set a date for his star player Hatem Ben Arfa to return from injury.

The manager was not even at the club when a Nigel De Jong horror tackle left the Marseille loanee suffering a double leg break, but knows the value of his talent.

The 23 year-olds move has now been made permanent after an initial loan move and Pardew has sidestepped a tough trip to Stoke on 19th March, saying it is too early.

Instead the player will return for Newcastle’s home match against Wolves on April 2nd.

“You’d like to think he’s got every chance of playing against Wolves,” he said. “The Stoke game is probably too soon for him.

“He will not be toned up as he has been out for so long. He’s running, but he’s a good month away.”

Ameobi could also be back for the Magpies soon after suffering a broken cheekbone.

“Shola’s running now and has his mask,” said Pardew. “He knows he’s got his work cut out to get back in this team.

“Peter and Leon weren’t first choice at the start of the season but they have worked hard and are doing well.”

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