Hatem Ben Arfa to play for Newcastle against Nottingham Forest

Manager Alan Pardew reveals Hatem Ben Arfa will return for Newcastle in their Carling Cup tie with Nottingham Forest. The French winger has not played for nearly a year following a double leg fracture.

Pardew also says Italian full-back Davide Santon, who damaged his knee in training last week, has travelled to London to have fluid drained from the joint and will be unavailable for selection.

The Magpies travel to the City Ground unbeaten so far this season, and Pardew is planning to give some of his squad players a chance to shine against Steve McClaren's struggling Forest.