Alan Pardew has admitted that Hatem Ben Arfa is playing through the pain barrier to aid Newcastle’s survival bid.

The midfielder has been playing through the pain barrier with an hamstring injury and has only managed to make 20 appearances in all competitions for us this season.

Pardew is willing to take a risk on Ben Arfa’s fitness and feels that another week of fitness/gym work will add some more strength to the muscle.

“Ben Arfa has been struggling. This hamstring has a slight weakness in there and it won’t even be strong I don’t think for six, seven weeks,” Pardew told the press.

“We got a great level of fitness out of him in terms of that particular problem. He was terrific at West Ham, and he’s a match winner.

“We’ve been bringing him on in the second half but started him at the weekend and we missed him when we took him off. We missed that little thrust.

“I think for Hatem another week’s work will get him closer. Goal scoring is what wins games, we’ve got to improve that area for next week, including with Hatem.”