Ben Arfa’s agent has this morning said that the Newcastle winger has vowed to fight back from the double leg break he suffered at Manchester City yesterday.
Hatem Ben Arfa – being carried off yesterday
The 23-year-old midfielder was stretchered off at Eastlands on Sunday after a strong challenge from Nigel De Jong during the Premier League clash, and it looked bad when he was given oxygen on the field, and the physios were keeping both his legs straight.
The Frenchman was taken straight to hospital and will undergo an operation today after the Newcastle club confirmed last night that he had broken both his left tibia and fibula.
Despite the serious injury, which could rule the on loan star out for a minimum of six months, Ben Arfa’sagent Michel Ouazine claims the Frenchman is still in a positive mood and already saying he will fight back from the injury.
Ouazine told L’Equipe this morning:
“I had a phone call with Hatem while he was in the ambulance, and I felt I was more shocked than himself,” “He told me there is just one thing to do – fight back.”
We see there are a few comments of some of our readers who have suffered broken legs.
I had a double break of my tibia and fibular in 1969 while playing for England Universities against the England Amateur team at Hillsborough in Sheffield, and you could hear the crack throughout the stadium.
I knew something was wrong when I was falling and my lower left leg was swinging around. When I landed on the ground the left leg went off to the right, and I knew then something was very wrong.
And it didn’t help when some of my team mates came running up and put thair hands to their faces at the sight of it all – no that didn’t help at all, and the morphine wasn’t too good either. It was a clean break through both bones, and that was in late April, and I was back playing again in the December of that year – so around 8 months in recovery.
Ben Arfa will of course get the very best treatment possible, and they will have ways of ensuring there is limited atrophy of the leg, which was one of my main problems, and the left leg even now is smaller in size than the right one.
If it’s a clean break Ben Arfa should be able to recover OK, but of course there will be doubts about him, and we have no idea how this leaves the player as far as Newcastle are concerned, because he’s not going to make 25 appearances this season for the Tyneside club, that’s for sure.
But that’s the least of the worries right now – and we wish the lad all the best for a great recovery – the Newcastle fans have certainly taken this boy to their hearts.