Newcastle midfielder Ben Arfa out for three games

Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is set to miss the next three games with a hamstring injury, ITV reports.

Ben Arfa, 25, missed Newcastle’s clash with Manchester City at the weekend after aggravating an existing issue with his hamstring, and manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that he will likely miss the rest of Newcastle’s games for the 2012 calendar year. “Hatem looks like he is going to miss the next two or three with the injury he has got. We can’t risk him,” Pardew said.

The injury will likely see Ben Arfa miss the crucial home clash against Queens Park Rangers, followed by back-to-back away ties against Manchester United and Arsenal. Newcastle, currently 15th, have currently won just one of their last eight games, but despite this run of form, Pardew is taking a lot of positives from their defeat to City, and believes his side will get the points against fellow strugglers QPR. “The squad that played on Saturday is good enough. No excuses – if that team players like that against QPR. I think we will win, with all due respect to QPR, and that’s how we are going to have to play,” Pardew said.

Aside from missing Ben Arfa, Pardew expects to have no further injury issues. Speaking about the squad he picked for the City game, Pardew added: “I think that will be our squad, hopefully [for the QPR tie]. We don’t want to lose anyone. We have got a clean bill of health and that’s a bonus in itself. Cheick Tiote was on a booking to miss QPR and I didn’t want that, so I did take him off as a bit of a precaution for that.

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