Bruce in dark over Ben Arfa

The 27-year-old French midfielder, who joined the Tigers on loan from Newcastle just before the summer transfer window closed, has been omitted from the squad since last month’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Reports in France have claimed that Ben Arfa, who has made eight appearances for Hull, is working on his fitness in Paris and searching for a new club to join in January.

However, Bruce says he does not know whether or not the reports are true.

“To be honest, I don’t know if Hatem is in Paris. That’s the truth,??? he said.

“As for not playing again for Hull City, then at the moment he’s not in the squad and the transfer window opens in January.

“There are still conversations to be had with him, but at the moment he is not in the squad and he hasn’t earned the right to be in the squad at the moment.

“I don’t know if the report he is in France, or whatever it is, is true. I’m not sure.”