Newcastle United’s Ben Arfa eyes Old Trafford return

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HATEM Ben Arfa is set to shrug off a bout of illness – and declare himself fit for Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

The forward missed last night’s 3-0 defeat to Swansea with a virus, while striker Papiss Cisse – who, like Ben Arfa, was a substitute during the Magpies’ four-game winning streak – also sat out the game with a heel problem.

Boss Alan Pardew said; “We lost Papiss before the game, and we lost Hatem to a virus. Papiss, we’re going to have to wait and see (whether he can feature at Old Trafford).

“He couldn’t get his boot on. He was a bit uncomfortable. We’ll see how he goes.

“Hatem will be no problem. He was up and about, though he was at home. We checked with him, and he was a lot better. Two more days, and he should be OK.”

On the Man United game, Pardew added: “It’s a tough game. They got beat (last night), so there’ll be extra motivation for both teams.”