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19 Apr 2011 00:28:18

Hatem Ben Arfa set for Newcastle return

Almost ready: Ben Arfa in training last week Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed winger Hatem Ben Arfa could return to action for the final three games of the season. The 24-year-old Frenchman has not played since suffering a double leg fracture in a challenge with Manchester City's Nigel de Jong at Eastlands on October 3. However, he has returned to training on Tyneside and Pardew, who completed a permanent move for the loan signing in January despite never having him at his disposal, is proposing to involve him at the end of the campaign. Pardew said: 'He has certainly been working this week. We think actually the last three games is a possibility and we are just going to leave it at that, featuring him in some part of those three.' The Magpies, who face Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United at St James' Park on Tuesday night, will end their first season back in the top flight with home games against Birmingham and West Brom either side of a trip to Chelsea on May 15.  Van der Sar warns Newcastle to expect Manchester United backlashTime for a relegation fight? Newcastle pair Kuqi and Tiote in training-ground scufflePREMIER LEAGUE NEW KIT SPECIAL: Strips your team will wear in 2011-12Watch all the Premier League goals every week on our brilliant video playerAll the latest Newcastle news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Hatem Ben Arfa Places: Birmingham, Newcastle


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