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Ben Arfa To Convalesce In Both France And Newcastle

12:45 pm, Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

Chris added:

“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

Comments welcome.



Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dak76 // Oct 7, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Dangerous players….. Lets add Wolves’ Carl Henry to the list. The guy goes out every game trying to reck someone’s career.. his tackle on that wigan player at the weekend was boarderline assault

  • 2 english yeoman // Oct 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    I’m a big NUFC fan but can’t see what anyone expects the FA to do? As much as it pains me (and HBA more so) that tackle wasn’t a foul and we wouldn’t be talking about it save for the fact HBA had his leg planted firmly in the ground when the trailing leg hit him.

    It was v unfortunate but all teams have a gritty tackler who wins the ball and this was just really unfortunate.

  • 3 antmanbee // Oct 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    CH is right in that we have to move on to the next game, despite the international break. The Eastlands game was extraordinary in the truest sense of the word…a real injustice, surreal almost…I don’t think I’ve heard such a focussed and sustained outcry from our fans over one game/result.
    The FA’s gonna do sweet fa about it, though..that game is gone-but I think the outcome could be that it can sharpen the team’s focus, comeraderie, and fighting spirit even further. And every player on that pitch knows they’ve got the fans 100% behind them if they put a shift in, so it will be down to the next game which is the first opportunity to try to bounce back from such a dissappointment.
    We’ll show ‘em, though…makes you more determined, adversity!

  • 4 antmanbee // Oct 7, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    BTW, the ref, the FA, etc…they all p%ss in the same pot don’t they…;O)

    I did notice that there’s been a deafening silence from Atkinson the ref…after all, some refs have the integrity to admit in hindsight after a TV replay shows he has got a key decision wrong…ie, first ‘pen’ outside the box in our case on Sunday…

    …but not our mate, eh? Integrity-free refereeing…it’s the future!

    Or should that read impartiality-free???

  • 5 estechco // Oct 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    english yeoman: Not sure I agree with you there. The tackle was undoubtedly reckless (whether he played the ball first or not) and should have been given a free kick as an absolute minimum. I was going to post a youtube clip to support my argument, but it’s interesting to note that all clips now seem to show “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by FA Premier League”. Copyright my a*se! The cover up commences…

    One other point, De Jong’s tackle and Atkinson’s reading of it (and his other shambolic decisions) should remain as very different issues.

  • 6 alex84 // Oct 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    the fact we will be looking after him looks good for us to sign him perminantly….i hope.




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