There is good news today about Ben Arfa’s double fracture of his left leg.
Ben Arfa – leg break is high up – that’s good news
The good news is that the tibia was broken high up, and that will help to ensure there should be no complications in his recovery.
If it had been lower down nearer the ankle, that could have interfered with his ankle and some tendons there – so this really does suggest the young and brilliant Frenchman can recover well from the break, once the bones knit together.
There’s a chance, and we’re not holding our breath on this one, that the 23 year-old could even be back before the March date that was originally mentioned as his possible return date. As long as Ben Arfa comes back playing well before the end of the season, we’ll be happy enough.
Ben Arfa’s surgeon also operated on the Frenchman’s friend Djibril Cisse, after the two broken legs he has had in his career, and the surgeon is confident that Ben Arfa should recover and be 100% again.
That’s got to be good news for Newcastle fans, and for the player himself.
Ben Arfa’s agent Simon Stainrod told the Sunday Sun today:
“One of the doctors involved with Hatem is the same French doctor that operated on Cisse so he knows what he’s doing,”“Hatem’s tibia was broken quite high up which is actually relatively good news. It means there won’t be any complications and he’s been told he will come back as good as before.”
“Once it’s healed he’ll be back to where he was before this ever happened.” “It’s too early to talk about exact comeback dates but Cisse, who is a friend of Hatem’s, told him he was back after five months. I think that break was actually worse than Hatem’s, so we’ll see.”
“If he is back in five months we’d be delighted but the most important thing is that when he comes back, he’s 100%. I think everyone around him is feeling confident and positive that he’ll be as good as before and Hatem is psychologically very strong.”
And as we mentioned last week Ben Arfa is currently recuperating in Tunisia and apparently is visiting his grandparents there. And the youngster is still getting loads and loads of mail from well wishers – particularly from fans in Newcastle.
Stainrod thinks these messages will help Ben Arfa big time, to keep his spirits up, and it would be really fantastic if the lad can return sometime in March.
“The doctor has told Hatem that it’s important that he’s in the correct frame of mind so we decided that he should go to Tunisia to see his grandparents so I think he’s a bit out of the loop,”
“But when he receives the cards and letters that Newcastle have forwarded it will give him a huge lift. I think he’ll cry, to be honest!” “To know he has that support will mean the world to him, and I think you’ll see an even more determined Hatem when he comes back.”
And the really bad news is that Ben Arfa is still waiting to hear anything from DeJong, and we cannot believe the Dutch player hasn’t even apologized to the Frenchman yet – isn’t it simply human dignity to to do that?
Stainrod is not impressed:
“Nobody has heard anything about Nigel De Jong. Normally when players are involved in tackles like this where they then say ‘I didn’t mean to do it’ they will come and apologise,”
“I can’t think of a case where a player hasn’t turned up and said ‘I’m really sorry’ but there’s been nothing. It speaks volumes, I think.”
It’s astonishing that Manchester City haven’t told the player to at least issue a public apology for the broken leg, it’s just unbelievable that this has happened, and DeJong is just asking for criticism by not apologizing.
But we think this is good news from the surgeon about Ben Arfa, and we have some hope, small hope though it be, that the lad can come back even before the six months that was estimated – and that would be great news for Ben Arfa, Newcastle and the fans.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed.