Ben Arfa has been troubled with a hamstring problem since November, but the good news is he does not need an operation.
The 26-year-old was put through his paces on the pitch at St James’s Park before yesterday’s dramatic 1-0 win over Fulham.
Alan Pardew: “What’s happened with Hatem is that the scan has shown that we’ve got some scar tissue still in the hamstring.
“He’s showing no ill-effects.
“We’ve sent him to three experts, mainly a French expert, who’s been looking after him. He thinks that he’s 100 per cent.
“We’re now treating him as that. He’s running. There could be a cameo as soon as Sunderland.
“He’s got a week’s work. If he gets through that work, then he could be involved.
“It’d be a massive bonus for us, but it’s still too early to call.
“After the last time, we said he wouldn’t play again this seaons. Half of me thought he might.
“I just wanted to clear his mind and see how he reacted. Hopefully, we’ll get a nice bonus.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad