Alan Pardew hopes the impending return of the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa can spark Newcastle into life.

The 25-year-old France international, one of the few Magpies to shine on a regular basis during a difficult start to the campaign, has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. His pace and invention proved potent weapons during the early weeks of the season, and when he joined compatriot Yohan Cabaye on the sidelines Newcastle were robbed of much of their spark.

Ben Arfa could be one of several big names to return to the side at Fulham on Monday night, and that would represent a significant boost for Pardew. "If he is fit enough to play, it would be important because he's a good player - a great player," Pardew said.

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