In the wake of Newcastle's 6th loss in their last 7 matches, the hits just keep on coming. Struggling with a hamstring injury for much of the last month, Hatem Ben Arfa has been ruled out for the holiday program.
Ben Arfa, 25, has been struggling with a hamstring injury he sustained in the Europa League meeting with Maritimo last month.
The Frenchman made his return in the recent 2-1 loss at Fulham but he aggravated the problem and will now not be risked by Pardew until he has made a full recovery.
"There is a danger he could tear his hamstring," Pardew said. "If he did that he would be out for two or three months whereas if we do it the right way and be sensible about it, it may only be three weeks. And obviously that is the route we are going to take."