Chris Hughton has said today that 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa remains in good spirits, and is pressing on with his rehabilitation.
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Hatem has traveled to Tunisia to spend some time with his family, and then the plan is for him to return to Newcastle for his rehabilitation. However, we expect the club will allow him to see his parents now and again over the next several months, as he recovers from what is an awful injury for the youngster.
Hatem suffered a double fracture of his tibia and fibular in his left leg (the good one), after a wild two footed flying challenge from the Eastlands assassin Nigel DeJong, and the Dutchman has rightly received severe criticism in the press since the incident.
Hughton says the 23-year-old Frenchman is quite determined to return to the Newcastle ranks just as soon as he can – and that attitude will have to help, and we all hope he can make it back to play for the Magpies before the end of the season.
Chris told Sky Sports News today:
“He’s in good spirits. It’s obviously a very difficult time for him. He’s a young man that’s going through an injury, and a length of injury that he hasn’t had before.”
“But he’s in good spirits and all his thoughts are on his rehabilitation and getting back as fit as he can as quick as he can.”
Newcastle wrote a letter to the English Football Association asking that action be taken against DeJong for his wild tackle, but the FA, true to form, said there was nothing they could do about it. That was hardly a surpise to those who know how the FA works, and what they do – which is nothing much.
Chris has said it is an ongoing matter, which we expect is being handled by Managing Director Derek Llambias, and we understand that owner Mike Ashley was incensed with the challenge by the Dutchman, and not at all happy with the situation Newcastle now find themselves in.
“It’s an ongoing matter that’s being dealt with. Our job here is to get on with the business in hand. It’s something we have to put behind us and look forward to a very tough game at the weekend.”
It’s not Chris’ job to pursue this, but there is a hint that Newcastle have not finished with this yet, and we hope that’s true.
It looks like the club may still be trying to get some action taken against DeJong, for smashing the leg of one of our most gifted players.
We hope that’s the case.