Rather sensational news in the local Sunday Sun this morning, that will warm the hearts of Newcastle fans everywhere.
Ben Arfa – could be back in late January
And that is that our 23 year-old whiz kid, Hatem Ben Arfa, on a season long loan from Marseilles, is hoping to make a return to Newcastle in late January, as his recovery from a double leg break progresses way ahead of schedule.
For the record it’s now been nine weeks since he broke his leg at Eastlands on October 3rd, with a seemingly harsh tackle from Dutchman Nigel de Jong, so at the end of January it will be 17 weeks since the injury.
We were thinking the earliest would be early March for the French International’s return, and only last week we put out an article so that Newcastle fans could send messages to the lad, so he would know he was not being forgotten.
But it seems Ben Arfa is surprising everybody with the speed of his recovery and is now said to be walking unaided on the injured leg again.
The Sunday Sun is reporting walking on the leg is obviously a significant step towards his goal of returning sometime in late January.
It seems that Ben Arfa will start rehabilitation tomorrow, at what is described as a world class rehabilitation center in Capbreton in the South of France.
Chris Hughton has always been reluctant to put any time-scale on Ben Arfa’s recovery, but it seems the two breaks must have been cracks in the bones, and the recovery from that kind of fracture is much quicker than a clean break of the bone – and that’s got to be good news.
And there have been no complications at all in his recovery so far, and the surgeon has already said that Ben Arfa can make a 100% recovery from this injury.
This has to be great news, not only for the player himself, but for the Chris Hughton the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans, so we have to hope that the French International can add significantly to his four appearances for Newcastle so far this season.
We hope he can return by the end of January, because that would be great news – and it would mean we could have both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling as almost two new players for the rest of the season.
But we also have to be very careful that we don’t rush the lad too much, but with Chris Hughton in charge, that is very unlikely to happen,as one of Chris’ many seeming strengths, is his vast common sense.
But after this news we need to hammer WBA this afternoon. :D.