HATEM Ben Arfa will play for Newcastle’s United’s Under-21s this afternoon.
The forward is in Peter Beardsley’s side for the Under-21 Premier League home game against Reading at Whitley Park (1pm kick-off).
Ben Arfa has been frozen out at Newcastle since reporting back for pre-season training.
And it is the 27-year-old’s first competitive outing of the season.
Teenage defender Lubomir Satka will captain United against Reading.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Olley, Williams, Satka, Gillesphey; Bigirimana, Barlaser; Ben Arfa, Vuckic, Ameobi; Armstrong. Subs: Woodman, McKinnon, Roberts, Gilliead, Heardman.