Chris Hughton has said that Ben Arfa will recover from his broken leg in both France and Newcastle, as he starts the long trek back to playing for Newcastle United once again.
Ben Arfa – what a goal – what a memory!
It seems normal that the youngster will want to spend some time at home in France as he tries to get back from this terrible injury – certainly in the first few weeks it seems appropriate that he is with his family.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The doctors have told us that the operation was a success but it’s important what happens next for Hatem,” “The leg has to be stabilised, and it’s a long healing process for him. But we will support him every step of the way”
“I would imagine that Hatem will go home for some of the time he is out injured, but he will be in Newcastle with the club medical staff too – it will be a combination of the two. It will be dictated by what is best for his injury.”
“It is too early to talk about when he will come back really. It is very early days at the moment.”
Chris Hughton and the Newcastle players now have to move on from the game at Eastlands, it’s gone – it’s over and there’s nothing more they can do about it. They were just terribly unlucky on the day, and didn’t get the rub of the green. That’s life ….. and football.
It was right that the Newcastle club put the DeJoing affair squarely into the court of the English FA, because there are one or two players plying their trade in England who are simply dangerous players, and DeJong and Sunderland’s Cattermole are two of those players.
But we don’t expect the English FA to do anything at all about it – they don’t have the courage or fortitude to do anything in these particular situations, and their history proves it.
We are waiting for the statement the FA will make about the incident – which will basically say – nothing – and everybody is blameless – for everything. That would be close to what they usually do in cases like this.
The lads were great on Sunday, and showed once again their grit and determination away from home, and we were proud of them.
“A lot has been said about the tackle but my response is that our concentration has to be on the next game,”“We have to get ourselves ready to play Wigan and to draw a line under the incident and move on.”
Maybe the lads and Chris can dedicate the game against Wigan to Ben Arfa, and go all out for the win, which will see us in a decent position in the Premier League table. - if we can get the win