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Pardew praises 'fabulous' Harry Kane

Harry Kane: simply fabulous. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has predicted a bright England future for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

The 21-year-old frontman is busily making a name for himself at White Hart Lane after emerging from the Academy ranks, and Pardew, while wary of him as he prepares to take his Magpies team to north London for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Spurs, is excited by him.

The 53-year-old, who watched Kane score in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory at Swansea, said: "I think he is fabulous.

"I watched him on Sunday and when you have got an English striker who can do 13km at pace and have the quality and technical ability in the box, [England manager] Roy Hodgson should count himself very lucky."

Taylor and Sissoko return for League Cup quarter-final

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will welcome Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko back from suspension for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final trip to Tottenham.

Central defender Taylor missed Saturday evening's 4-1 Barclays Premier League defeat after being sent off for two bookable offences during the 2-1 victory over Chelsea, while midfielder Sissoko sat out following his fifth booking of the campaign in the same game.

Full-back Daryl Janmaat will not figure at White Hart Lane after collecting his own fifth caution of the season against the Gunners, while keepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) and midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe), Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan (both thigh) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional Newcastle squad: Alnwick, Woodman, Dummett, S Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Streete, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Colback, Gouffran, Ameobi, Riviere, Cisse, Perez, Armstrong.


Bruce has 'no idea' where Hatem Ben Arfa is

Ben Arfa last played for Hull on November 29th at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Hull manager Steve Bruce admits he doesn't have a clue where on loan forward Hatem Ben Arfa is.

The mercurial Newcastle man joined Hull on loan on deadline day, but has failed to live up to expectations.

Ben Arfa fell out of favour at Newcastle for displaying a poor attitude, and it seems Bruce has decided against indulging the France international.

Sometimes transfers work out and sometimes they don’t. And it’s fair to say that with Ben Arfa I can’t see there being a future.

Unfortunately he wants to do his things his way, which is fair enough. So unless he changes, then I treat him like every other player.

But there has been no fallout, he has been omitted from the squad because when you are up against it, then I believe you need to show a bit of resilience and unfortunately Hatem sees it differently.

He is not Awol. He could be in Paris though. I’ve no idea where he is. He could be in Hull for all I know.

– Hull City manager Steve Bruce quoted in the Times

Arsenal recall Coquelin

Arsenal will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey due to a hamstring problem for Saturday's Premier League game against Newcastle, so have recalled Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Charlton.

Defenders Laurent Koscielny (calf), Nacho Monreal (ankle) and Calum Chambers (suspended) are all unavailable, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be asked to move over to centre-half.

Otherwise Arsenal report no fresh injury problems from the midweek Champions Legaue win over Galatasaray in Istanbul, but manager Arsene Wenger on Friday moved to recall defensive midfielder Coquelin early from his loan spell at The Valley as cover.

Captain Mikel Arteta (calf), Theo Walcott (groin), Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), Abou Diaby (calf) and Jack Wilshere all continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Martinez, Podolski, Campbell, Coquelin, O'Connor, Maitland-Niles, Ajayi, Akpom.


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