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Ben Arfa: Set to face Rovers

Ben Arfa: Set to face Rovers

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Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could be in line for his first Premier League appearance since October 3 last year as Blackburn arrive on Tyneside.

The France international played 70 minutes of Tuesday night's 4-3 Carling Cup win at Nottingham Forest, his first competitive action since breaking his leg in two places, and although manager Alan Pardew does not want to rush him back, he may figure at some point against Rovers.

Striker Shola Ameobi is a doubt with a shoulder problem, while Davide Santon has returned to training after having fluid drained from his knee but will miss out, as will Alan Smith (hamstring), Haris Vuckic (broken hand) and Mike Williamson (broken arm).

David Goodwillie, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Michel Salgado are all fit for Rovers.

The trio's return means Steve Kean has almost a full squad to choose from.

Only David Dunn (calf) and Ryan Nelsen (knee) remain sidelined.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan, Gosling, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Ba, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Sammy Ameobi.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Dann, Samba, Olsson, Salgado, Givet, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Formica, Goodwillie, Rochina, Lowe, Roberts, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Hanley, Pedersen, Slew, Blackman, Bunn.

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