Ban Arfa Has Double Fracture Of The Leg – Out For Many Months

As we all had expected, it’s really bad news for French winger Ben Arfa, as he was harshly tackled by DeJong in the 4th minute of the game at Eastlands this afternoon.

Ben Arfa – waves as he is stretchered off this afternoon

It looks like he’s suffered a double fracture of his left lower leg.

The Newcastle United club issued the following statement tonight:

In the early stages of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Manchester City, Hatem Ben Arfa was stretchered from the field of play following a tackle by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong.

X-rays taken this afternoon have confirmed that he has suffered a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg.

He will undergo surgery tomorrow morning.  Everyone connected with the club sends Hatem their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

At this stage no time limit has been put on his expected return date.

It’s a terrible injury for the 23 year-old and a huge blow to the Newcastle club, who have lost their creative spark, who has made an excellent start at Newcastle.

Chris Hughton has now lost two top players in Ben Arfa and his goalkeeper Steve Harper in the last few weeks,  and he again thought the rather reckless tackle by DeJong need not have been made.

Chris said after the game:

“Everyone will have their own opinion but it was a tackle that did not need to be made.”

“When something like that happens and then to have some incredible decisions go against us it’s hard to take.”

It’s of course not the first time DeJong has been involved in bad tackles, that he’s got away with.

He should have been sent off in last summer’s world cup final for a ridiculous chest-high tackle on Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, and he was also involved in the tackle that broke midfielder Stuart Holden’s leg in a world cup warm-up game.

But Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd amazingly defended the Dutch star after the game.

“There was no malice in it, definitely not. Nigel’s not that type of lad.”


By his reckless tackling he has just put the great Ben Arfa out of action for what will be months – we’d estimate it will be at least 6 months before the  youngster can come back from this.

And Newcastle fans will feel aggrieved today by two very poor penalty decisions that went against Newcastle by referee Martin Atkinson, and now the loss of our creative spark in midfield, essentially for most of  the season.

Not a good day at the office in many ways for Newcastle United Football club today.

But the lads will come back from this – just you watch.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far


    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Unbelieveble decisions by the referee that leaves many football fans thinking why he done that to NUFC ……………

  • Irie-Magpie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Hard to take is right, we’ll be ok, but i suspect it will be that much more difficult with Benny out. $%## De Jong’

  • Amsterdam

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #3

    and then Brian Kidd followed on to say.. “Nigel de Jong and everyone at the club is deeply upset that this still happens in todays game and would like to offer our deep apologies and the utmost sympathies to Hatem Ben Arfa, who is likely to miss the rest of the season and to Newcastle United Football Club who did nothing to deserve that needless (borderline assault) tackle facing our own goal.. and both player and club will be receiving our letter of apology”

    ..or did he? i didnt see it ..probably not though

    however.. i do remember that when Ramsey or was it Eduardo.. i forget.. anyway.. dont fifa or the fa or uefa.. some governing body, dont they review situations like this and award some kind of lengthy ban and fine?.. i thought they had put a review together after either Ramsey or Eduardo’s but deemed those non malicious, or something to that effect??

    both of those leg breaks were made a massive fuss about. but then again.. we’re not top 4, so nobody gives a fudge

  • Tee Oh Tay

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #4

    greetings fellow toon heads, decided to finally register after reading weeks and weeks of these comments! i’m heartbroken HBA is out for minimum of 6 months but if we can get through to january staying out of the bottom 6 and then buy Taarabt from QPR plus a new RB i reckon we will be more then safe.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #5

    ^ Lets hope so! I also hope Ben Arfa gets 5 games minimum at the end of the season to prove he hasn’t lost it so we can get fat ash to buy him!

  • toonie

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    De Jong should face investergation. Breaks the legs of 2 footballers in 7 months and could even cost them their futures in top flight football.
    Hope the ref looks at a replay of the game…he should be ashamed of himself. Our thoughts are with Ben Arfa, and sure we will come out fighting after yet another kick in the teeth.

  • clooneytoon

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #7

    de jong also threw a kick at tiote late on, tiote was ready to deck him. He also got no card for that and not even a free kick for the leg break. what a joke, the ref bottled it today. We would have got something from the game if not won it if it wsnt for the ref.

    We’ve played impressively for the most part this season and dont have the points tally we should, we’ve got a good bunch of lads in the squad now tho so they’l keep their confidence and push on. Need to play 442 against wigan and weaker sides at home, 451 works well away and against stronger sides at home.

  • Tee Oh Tay

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    when tiote had that tiny spat with de jong and de jong flinched like a little girl, i was loving it! i’m not majorly dissapointed with HBA out for that long because tiote is what we needed, let routledge, spidey and barton attack while tiote takes care of the oppositions midfield single handedly! best buy we’ve made in many many seasons

  • clooneytoon

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #9

    ya delighted with tiote, defo MOM today. Him and barton make a good partnership.

  • murvar

    Oct 3, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #10

    I have no doubt that when Martin Atkinson watches the video of the match – as he surely will – he will put his head in his hands – and miss. Well, he missed everything else didn’t he?

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ll be real sad if we don’t buy him. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long. Maybe he can get back with a few game to go so Mike Ashley buys him

  • Warwick Hunt

    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure what will happen with HBA now, usually when a player on loan gets injured they go back to their parent club but with HBA it is a little bit more complex. OM didn’t want him and he found a new club only for OM to say they wanted to sell outright without the loan. He doesn’t want to play for them, they don’t want him, he must feel like a player without a club. Hope we say “stay with us and we will look after you” and he comes back for us big style. Get well soon HBA, all our Geordie Hearts are with you

  • john_cena163

    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Wat evea if he plays or doesnt plays 4 the season v must buy him.

  • Mags

    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #14

    I am absolutely devastated at the injury to Hatem Ben Arfa and wish him the speediest recovery possible.

    During the summer, like many other fans I watched and waited to see if we could get his signature. After over a month we did and I was ecstatic.

    After 2 games that thug has put him out of the game for months.

    Perhaps now people will start listening to Wenger when he says this sort of player needs removing from the game. I for one back his stance 100%.

    Whilst Ben Arfa spends months and months trying to recover from his nightmare injury thug de jong (the lawnmower) will probably saunter off to Holland for the internationals next weekend then wander back to citi to carry on playing. Where is the justice in this?

    As for the referees what have you to say for yourself Atkinson, you are a bloody disgrace, just like Howard Webb before you at the World cup?

    I am incandescent with rage.

  • jaynufc89

    Oct 4, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Right, I think all the air has got to your heads, my ex girlfriend is a tranie doctor and her gran mother is a retired doctor, the min legth for a broken leg ( tibia and fibula ) is 3 months recovery time and 6 weeks with a cast on, Although footballs normally have 3 weeks with the cast on then the boot thing for 3 weeks then they start light walking after 12 weeks they start light training, I have a friend who at 21 broke his tibia and fibula much worst then Ben Arfa’s and also fractured his ankle, he did this in December and was back in work by mid April, my point is thats 4 and a half months for a much worst break, Ben Arfa wont be out for the rest of the season or 6 months he will be back for March time maybe even Feb so 4-5months. think about it if a normal 21 year old man takes 4.5 months then a footballer with better medical help and attention will take shorter time he’ll be back in 4 months I think as the injury isn’t really a bad break.. you got October < he'l have the cast on November < starts recovery thru december, Jan Feb March < returns to action.. so he'll get around another 10-12 games ( league ) Hughton will still sign him the agreement is if he plays 25 games we HAVE to pay £5m for him even if we dont want to.. but if he doesnt then we have the option.. but the good news is Ben Arfa's contract at Marsielle is up in the summer of 2011 so he will be a free agent and could agree a deal with us in the summer on a free or a pre contract in Jan.. as the 25 game surely cant be done now so we would be able to do this.. either way next season Ben Arfa will be a newcastle player pernamently.. not please stop worrieing saying ( 6 months or rest of the season ) cos it will be 4 months min 5 months tops..

  • umermaliknz

    Oct 4, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #16

    guess what. not long ago, did de jong break another players leg. yes, he did. stuart holden. i think earlier this year. and n top of that, the challenge on alonso at the wc.

    De Jong is a thug and you can just tell by looking at him what a fag.

  • Caljam

    Oct 4, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #17

    I broke my fibula 12 months ago playing football, and I only played my first game back just last week. Had to have a plate and screws inserted just above my ankle.

    Granted, he will have better aid than I did, but it goes deeper than that.

    My injury was on my left foot (the one that conducts my orchestra) and everytime I strike a ball, I can feel a twinge shudder through my shin. Like Rolf Harris’ wobble board.

    So it’s not just about being match fit again, it’s about having the confidence to use your foot in the same way you did before the injury and that’s the hardest part to get over. Especially when it’s your good foot that suffered.

    Whenever the ball was teed up for me in my comeback match, I had to close my eyes in anticipation of feeling pain when impact was made.

    It’s a horrible feeling when you don’t know how your foot will react. There are all sorts of psychological barriers to overcome, even though a doctor may say you are ready for action.

    When Michael Owen made his comeback after injuring himself in a challenge with Paul Robinson, he said he was so scared of doing it again, he avoided challenges in his first few games back. I can now sympathise with that.

    So even if Benny comes back in 5 months, it could be a lot longer than that before he is again able to conduct his orchestra, as it’s his best foot that’s suffered the damage.

    Eduardo was never the same player again, so Wenger got rid of him. There is every chance if we sign Ben Arfa permanently, we’ll get half a player. That’s a decision Hughton will have to assess.

    It’s all very well having a conductor that waves his baton around, but it doesn ‘t mean sweet music will be made.

  • baro

    Oct 4, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Why Ben Arfa? He is one of our best players. I love Ben Arfa can’t afford to loose him. I wish him best of luck and hopefully he will be back.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 4, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #19

    When Arfa was waving to the ground he knew it was a bad one but was that a wave goodbye FOREVER? Im sure he will go back to OM and join another Ligue 1 team if he dont stay at OM then maybe another league like Italy/Spain! i hope that we the Geordie Toon Army made an everlasting GOOD impression on him, he wanted to come to us and i hope he wants to stay after all this crap is over. Thank God he scored an amazing gamechanger goal at Everton that will make an impression on Ashley, hey we may even get him cheaper. i would feel more sick if we lost the guy we need his spark, Routledge just dont cut it, he can only play in 1 in every 10 games and play well (much like Lennon and other small players)

  • ksmit

    Oct 4, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #20 If anyone wants to see the tackle. How you can justify that tackle I don’t know…. Yes, he took the ball but his other leg is so high that there is no chance he isn’t going to hurt HBA

  • Sav

    Oct 4, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Jaynufc (15), if your ex-girlfriend really is a transvestite doctor, she’ll have told you that you can’t diagnose a double leg break from fuzzy shots on the telly. They are all different and sometimes players just don’t come back to their best from them, ever.
    No doubt you swear by picking players from Youtube footage and the FIFA Football game?

  • ksmit

    Oct 4, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Looks like it was almost the exact same tackle… The ref made the right decision on this one and so did nufc when they banned the player.

  • Bao Zheng

    Oct 4, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #23

    I look at the cash Citeh are prepared to pay for success, standard operating procedures in the middle east, some of those decisions and I have to wonder if cricket isn’t the only sport with problems?

  • Ericles

    Oct 4, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #24

    This injury was inevitable. De Jong set out his stall from the whistle. He played a tough game yes – but he also set about playing in an aggressive and tough guy way that continued throughout the game. This style of football is unacceptable. Regardless of their high profile moneybags team Man City set out to use certain players to barge us off the pitch. The tackle was unjustified and should have been punished severely. The ref was a disgrace – an increasingly common occurence in the Premiership – with the result we lost a game we should have and could have won. What a dishonourable second Man City are this morning!!!!

  • Wendall

    Oct 4, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #25

    The referee are a real disgrace, had not Tiote foul the Man City player, he would have carried on with the game. Completely oblivious of the damage De Jong had commited. De Jong need to be banned. The only way he knows how to stop the opposition’s attack it to take out the player. His left foot slide in in front of Ben Arfa, followed by his right from the back. That was what broke Ben Arfa’s leg. Bet you Mancini gave his 3 holding midfielders instruction to take out Ben Arfa as soon as he is in a threatening position.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 4, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #26

    The Irony is Brian Kidd says he is not thjat kind of player. can some one please give an example of that kind of player. If some is that kind than Dejong is.

    Please correct me if i am wrong but i do not know if injuries of this type happen in other european leagues.

    Just pathetic

  • MissAlxC

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #27

    jaynufc89, Ben Arfa will noy be a free agent this summer. His contract with Marseille is until 2012.

  • TheToonKing

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Ok lads…the initial screaming frustration has gone and my optimist nature is back…

    I agree with @jaynufc89…Hatem did break his leg…but thank god it’s not a seriously bad break,

    I had the exact same injury, broken tibia and fibula…
    It’s a clean break with no ligament and muscle damage and that is the main thing. The effective healing with the cast will be around 6 weeks with a recovery period of another 2-3 months max.

    With the age of Arfa and the medical expertise and facilities at his disposal i reckon he will be up and running again in 3-4 months.

  • balubas1

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #29

    The ToonKing:

    love your optimism… but u never know.. this might very well be the last we see of ben arfa.

    I’m just still totally miserable after yesterday.. Ben Arfa has given me a feeling I haven’t felt since Ginola, Beardsley…… And now the bright star is ripped away by de jong.. needlessly. He gets some ball with the one foot, but the other one is intented to break Ben Arfa’s leg. FULL intent. (you all know players do this)

  • balubas1

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Indian Magpie:

    OH it happens in other leagues also, but not as often as in the EPL.

    There was a freak tackle in Belguim for some months ago I think.. got alot of attention.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorrry I do not agree. Firstly he is not a fee agent in 2011. Also Ramsey also broke Tibia nd Fibula and he is still not back. So six months minimum. I hope i am wrong.

  • Ericles

    Oct 4, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Nothing will be done about De Jong. His tackle was sheer GBH with intent to harm. His entire demeanour for the whole game was one of out and out thuggery. If it had not been Ben Arfa it would have been somebody else. He nearly took out Tiote too. Reckless in the extreme. If anybody had done that on the street they would still be sitting in a cell!!! No limp excuses from Man City or TV pundits can justify what happened to us on Sunday. Well said CH about what happened overall. Rather be 14th than 2nd if that is the sort of shite played in the upper levels of the Premiership!

  • Visten

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #33

    If De Shlong and Karl Henry want to know how to play the defensive midfield position without hurting your fellow professionals then they should look at Tiote simple. The officials were a blooming disgrace and what do we have to do to get a stonewall penalty, Everton and Nolan anyone? What I hope to see is the destruction of Wigan in utter frustration on how we have been treated in this league, go stick it to them lads.

  • Sawbuck

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #34

    De Jong was showboating to the Arabs;

    He must be hoping they’ll buy some autos out of the luxury car show room he owns in Abu Dhabi.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #35

    The FA needs to take action. seriously, i mean it sets a very bad example. i think the injury is spilt milk but still 80% season left we need to make sure same thing does not happen.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #36

    This Mickey Mouse really makes me angry!!!

  • Davies

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #37

    At least we won’t be getting anymore of the wishful thinking posts with HBA replacing Nolan. I really am very disappointed at the refereeing from yesterday’s game. The ref clearly doesn’t have the experience to be in charge of matches at this level.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 4, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #38

    maybe we shold let De Jong, herny and Lee to sort it out themselves.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #39

    It more than Mickey.
    Man City = Money City
    Micky = Money

  • munch27

    Oct 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #40

    Guys after sleeping on my thoughts none have changed , De Jong is a typical school yard bully we saw his true colours when wor Tiote turned on him he cacked his pants (which brought the only smile to my face in the game) . Also my thoughts on the ref who’s bank account must have increased massively this morning with cash from the middle east , his name now will always bring up visions of bribery after his blatant one-sidedness from yesterdays match.

    I also hope that mike will know this kid is the future of our beloved toon and make his move permanent in january wether he is fit or not.

    GET WELL SOON HBA we all love you.


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