Ben Arfa was troubled with a hamstring injury for much of last season, and the 26-year-old has only made 56 starts in his entire career, having more than his share of problems.
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Alan Pardew: “His injury in the second leg of the Maritimo game was a massive blow to us last year.
“Really and truly, he never recovered. He wasn’t quite right.
“But we told him to have a complete rest this summer and let his hamstring heal, which he’s done.
“Now it’s about putting the work in so he’s strong enough to sustain a season.
“We’ve had him flat out, and he’s already reached the top speed he’s had at this football club.
“Fingers crossed, he’ll get his first bit of action, and he’ll get stronger as we go on.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad