Pardew: Toon injury free

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed his delight at welcoming back an injury free group of players after the two-week international break.

Concerns were raised by Senegal coach Amara Troare over Demba Ba's knee injury, with the forward forced to miss the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius.

However, Ba and Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, who sat out France's win over Albania on Friday, are both expected to be passed fit for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday, to the delight of Pardew.

"As a Premier League manager I'm always nervous during the international break," he said.

"It is not just injuries, you don't know how much travelling they're doing and what training programme they are on while they're away either.

"But the ones that were due back have come back and look in good shape.

"Demba Ba is back, Cheick Tiote is back and so is Yohan Cabaye.

"Demba is absolutely fine, there is no injury there and he's in good form for us at the moment."

Ba has scored four goals in his last two games for the Toon, while Cabaye, now a regular fixture in Laurent Blanc's French side, has played a pivotal role during Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season.

While Pardew has been sweating over the fitness of his main men, the break has given some of the club's peripheral first-team players an opportunity to sharpen up before the resumption of the Barclays Premier League.

"One of the good things about the free weekend is that it has given us the chance to get the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa up to speed," Pardew added.

"He is looking sharper in training and there are one or two others that maybe benefitted too.

"It is a chance for Sylvain Marveaux and Dan Gosling to get that little bit more work under their belt."

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