Hatem Ben Arfa back for Newcastle Utd – but Santon ruled out again

RETURN ... Hatem  Ben Arfa
RETURN ... Hatem Ben Arfa

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.