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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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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  
Liverpool v West Brom  
Sunderland v Stoke  
Swansea v Newcastle  
17:30
A Villa v Man City  
Sunday, 05 October 2014
12:00
Man Utd v Everton  
14:05
Chelsea v Arsenal  
Tottenham v Southampton  
16:15
West Ham v QPR  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 12 16
2 Southampton 6 7 13
3 Man City 6 5 11
4 Arsenal 6 4 10
5 Swansea 6 2 10
6 A Villa 6 -3 10
7 Man Utd 6 2 8
8 Tottenham 6 1 8
9 C Palace 6 0 8
10 West Brom 6 0 8
11 Stoke 6 0 8
12 Leicester 6 -1 8
13 West Ham 6 0 7
14 Liverpool 6 -1 7
15 Everton 6 -2 6
16 Hull City 6 -2 6
17 Sunderland 6 -1 5
18 QPR 6 -9 4
19 Newcastle 6 -7 3
20 Burnley 6 -7 3

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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