The French international has been blighted by a series of hamstring problems, restricting the playmaker to just one appearance in 2013.
Pardew has revealed that Ben Arfa is working towards full fitness and could provide a "massive bonus" by making the squad for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby if everything goes according to plan.
He told The Sun: "What has happened with Hatem is the scan has shown he has scar tissue still in the hamstring. He is showing no ill-effects from it.
"We have sent him to three experts, mainly a French expert, who have been looking after him. He thinks he is now 100% and we are now treating him as that. He is running and there could be a cameo as soon as Sunderland, he has a week's work.
"If he gets through that work, then he could be involved. It would be a massive bonus for us, but it is still too early to call."
The 26-year-old has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.