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
Midfielder Gareth Barry misses out through a one-match ban for
verbally abusing a match official following City’s defeat by