A certain 23 year-old French footballer is currently in the hearts and minds of Newcastle fans all around the world.
Ben Arfa – first and only goal – so far – for Newcastle United
And they will be pleased to know that the Frenchman is in good spirits in spite of the terrible double break of his lower left leg, he picked up after only 4 minutes in the game at Eastlands on Saturday.
Indeed Newcastle manager Chris Hughton visited Ben Arfa yesterday in Manchester, and said the lad is coping well and that he is appreciative of the messages he is receiving from Newcastle fans:
“I saw him yesterday,” “He’s in good spirits, and his thoughts are very much on getting into his rehab and getting back playing this season.”
“He realises the tremendous support for him on Tyneside, and he just wants to get himself playing again.” “You don’t wish that type of injury on anyone. It’s not a nice side to the game, but he’s a smashing lad, and he’s very focused on getting back fit.”
“When you have an injury like that, it makes you much more determined, and his thoughts are very much on playing again this season.”
There has been some concern on Tyneside about where this leaves Ben Arfa and the Newcastle club, but the news we are hearing loud and clear is that the Newcastle are keen to sign the youngster permanently at the end of the season – but first things first.
Let’s get the lad fit again and playing for Newcastle – and if you haven’t yet sent a note of encouragement to the youngster – we’re sure he would appreciate it.
He’s currently at the Manchester Royal Infirmary – Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL – Telephone 0161 276 1234 – if you want to send him a message there.