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The loss of Hatem Ben Arfa will not prompt Newcastle boss Chris Hughton to enter the transfer market again in January.

The 23-year-old midfielder is facing months on the sidelines as he begins his recovery from the double leg fracture he suffered in a challenge by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong on Sunday. However, Hughton, who signed Ben Arfa on a season-long loan deal from Marseille and will now have to do without him for a significant proportion of the time he was due to spend on Tyneside, is confident his squad is strong enough without looking for a replacement when the transfer window opens once again.

"I'm disappointed to have lost a player of Hatem's quality - but we will not over-react to one injury in what is a very strong squad," he told Newcastle's official website.

"We won't be adding to the squad in January. I feel we have a lot of strength in depth with the players we have already and there's no need to add to it.

"We completed our squad before the last transfer window and I'm extremely pleased with the players we brought in.

"(Owner) Mike Ashley and the board were financially very supportive and together, we did some very good business in the summer."

Wayne Routledge, who had previously been a fixture in this side this season, started on the bench at City as Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez got the nod, and he and the Argentinian seem likely to bear the burden while the France international is sidelined.

However, Danny Guthrie is also back in the picture having recovered from a knee injury and his availability will increase the manager's options.

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