Hatem Ben Arfa could still earn Newcastle move despite horror break

07 October 2010 01:07
Hatem Ben Arfa could still come back from his broken leg in time to secure a permanent move to Newcastle, according to his Marseille coach Didier Deschamps. [LNB] Ben Arfa suffered the injury in a tackle with Manchester City's Nigel De Jong on Sunday, but Newcastle boss Chris Hughton revealed that the Frenchman is hopeful of playing again this season. [LNB] Crunch: Nigel De Jong's (right) controversial tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa[LNB] He is unlikely to make the number of appearances stipulated in his season-long loan from Marseille to trigger a long-term deal, but Deschamps said: 'We'll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens. [LNB] 'There is an option for Newcastle to purchase him, bound to a number of matches. He won't play them, obviously, but we'll have to see what Newcastle do. [LNB] 'There would be no problem for me in him returning to Marseille, but I don't think it's too much in his own plans.' [LNB] Andy Townsend insight: Van Marwijk's a disgrace for dropping De JongBen Arfa thanks fans for support as he prepares to leave hospital after break[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Hatem Ben Arfa Places: Newcastle

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