Hatem Ben Arfa is closing on a return to action. The Newcastle winger has been sidelined since picking up a knock during the pre-season tour of America. His advisor Simon Stainrod told the Evening Chronicle: "Hatem has always had the capacity to play sooner rather than later," his advisor Simon Stainrod told the Evening Chronicle. "He will be back as quick as the medical team around him deem sensible. "I know he is optimistic about playing soon and is making good progress. "He had the horrific experience of his broken leg last season but he is made of sterner stuff. "He is running again now and he will take it from there. "The aftercare he has received from the specialists in Paris and the Newcastle United medical team has been different class." .