Newcastle fans had a double whammy this afternoon, because not only did they lose a close game at Manchester City by 2-1, but it looks like their star winger Hatem Ben Arfa may have suffered a broken leg and could be out for months.
Ben Arfa – got his injury after just 2 minutes in the game today
Ben Arfa, 23, went down under a strong challenge in the first few minutes of the game at Eastlands today, when he was tackled by City’s Nigel DeJong. The game was held up for 5 minutes as he was attended to, and was seen to be given oxygen on the field.
Ben Arfa was immediately taken to hospital and we are still awaiting the official news on the injury, but it doesn’t look good.
Ben Arfa was making only his third appearance for the Magpies after signing on loan for the season from Marseilles in August, and had scored a fantastic goal to win the game at Everton, and had already become a firm fan favorite on Tyneside.
Indeed, as we being stretchered off he received a warm ovation from the Newcastle fans, and Ben Arfa was seen to wave his acknowledgement to the fans.
Hatem Ben Arfa waves to fans as he is stretchered off this afternoon
This is another cruel blow for Newcastle, who have already lost veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper for 12 weeks at Everton a few weeks back to a shoulder injury.