HATEM Ben Arfa will return to Newcastle United’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace – but Davide Santon remains sidelined.
Ben Arfa – who hasn’t featured for more than a month because of a groin injury and a week’s compassionate leave – returned to full training this week.
“Hatem will go into the squad,” said United manager Alan Pardew. “He’s looking sharper and brighter.”
Meanwhile, defender Santon – who has been sidelined with a niggling knee problem – won’t be available because of a bout of tonsillitis.