Hatem Ben Arfa facing lengthy layoff

Ben Arfa suffered the original damage during the 1-1 Europa League draw with Maritimo at St James' Park on November 22 and sat out the following four games as a result.

updated: December 17, 2012 23:47 IST
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London: Newcastle's French international midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is in danger of missing the Christmas programme after aggravating a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old missed Saturday's 3-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester City and coach Alan Pardew has said that his absence could be prolonged.

"Hatem looks like he is going to miss the next two or three with the injury he has got. We can't risk him," he said

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