De Jong seeks meeting with Ben Arfa


Manchester City enforcer Nigel de Jong has asked to meet Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa when the Magpies head across the Pennines on Saturday.

The Frenchman suffered a double leg fracture in a challenge by the Holland international the last time they went head-to-head on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium in October last year.

Ben Arfa has only just returned to action and manager Alan Pardew sat him down to ask him if the psychological impact of returning to the scene of his agonising misfortune was a concern. Pardew said: "I had a conversation with him about it because I think you could carry some demons when you have an injury like that."

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