Europa League - Ben Arfa set to feature in Europa League quarter-final

Hatem Ben Arfa is in line to play a cameo role in Newcastle's Europa League quarter-final clash with Benfica.

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Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa (L) shoots to score against Aston Villa during their Premier League match in Newcastle (Reuters)

The France international is back in training despite having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a long-term hamstring problem, but manager Alan Pardew has indicated that he will be involved against the Portuguese league leaders.

However, central defender Steven Taylor is out with a knee injury and joins Fabricio Coloccini (back), Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote (both hamstring) and the ineligible Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran on the sidelines.

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