Notts County v Brentford 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
Lee Hughes and Jamal Campbell-Ryce could go back into the Notts
starting line-up for the visit of the Bees.
The duo were expected to feature in the midweek FA Cup
second-round replay with Rotherham but the game was postponed.
Both players have missed the last three games through suspension
and striker Hughes is expected to battle it out with Chris Iwelumo
for a starting berth.
Campbell-Ryce should replace fellow midfielder Alan Judge, who
serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow
card of the season at Yeovil last weekend.
Defender Manny Smith made a return to action for the reserves
following four months on the sidelines with a knee problem, but is
unlikely to feature.
Andre Boucaud, Jordan Stewart, and Tom Williams continue to be
ruled out through injury.
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler has no new injury worries to contend
with, but Farid El Alagui, Kevin O’Connor and Tom Adeyemi are all
still on the sidelines.
Striker El Alagui is recovering from a knee injury, club
stalwart O’Connor is a long-term absentee with an ankle problem and
fellow midfielder Adeyemi has hamstring trouble.
Rosler could stick with the side that secured a dramatic 3-2 win
over MK Dons last weekend.
Jonathan Douglas, Marcello Trotta and Harry Forrester all shook
off knocks to play in that game, while Paul Hayes, Sam Saunders and
Jake Reeves are options for Rosler should he wish to tinker with
his starting line-up.
Meanwhile, young defender Alfie Mawson has joined non-league
Maidenhead on loan.