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Hatem Ben Arfa could still earn Newcastle move despite horror break

07 Oct 2010 01:07:58

Hatem Ben Arfa could still earn Newcastle move despite horror break

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.  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. Crunch: Nigel De Jong's (right) controversial tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa 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.  '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.  '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.'  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  Explore more:People: Hatem Ben Arfa Places: Newcastle


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