Newcastle v Man City preview

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could be without Hatem Ben Arfa for

Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City.

Midfielder Ben Arfa, who made a goalscoring return against

Fulham on Monday night after missing four games due to a hamstring

problem, is a major doubt after aggravating the injury.

Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery)

remain on Newcastle’s long-term casualty list.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss out after

being substituted in the Manchester derby with a groin injury.

Kompany has a ‘two per cent’ chance of playing, according to

manager Roberto Mancini, so either Kolo Toure or Joleon Lescott

will deputise.

Midfielder Gareth Barry misses out through a one-match ban for

verbally abusing a match official following City’s defeat by