Excellent news today in the Journal about Hatem Ben Arfa, and that the lad is way ahead of his original schedule on when he could start to play again at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa – being stretchered off at Eastlands
It turns out the Newcastle club doctors visited the midfielder in the rehabilitation center in the South of France last week, and it wasn’t even snowing. 😀
The news today is that the 23 year-old could return to training in the first week of February, and that is consistent with the news of a few weeks ago, that he could return sometime towards the end of January.
Ben Arfa broke his leg on his 4th appearance for Newcastle in early October, in the first few minutes of the game with Manchester City, and it was from a terrible challenge from Dutchman Nigel De Jong, and as far as we know he has still to apologized to the Frenchman.
The Dutch International’s challenge broke Ben Arfa’s tibia and fibula – the two bones in the lower left leg – and of course he is very much a left footed player.
Ben Arfa’s agent Simon Stainrod has kept the Newcastle fans up to date on the progress being made by his client, and has today said the lad has now began some work in the pool at the Capbreton Center and is strengthening his leg muscles.
One of the major problems with sustaining a broken leg, is that the leg muscles atrophy quite quickly.
As we had expected, new manager Alan Pardew has already been in touch with the skilled midfielder to both introduce himself, and also to ensure the lad is making progress and is not being forgotten.
Stainrod told The Newcastle Journal today:
“Hatem is doing really, really well,”“He’s working really hard and he’s in a center where they are working intensively from Monday to Friday on the injury and it is definitely helping him to make plenty of progress.”
“I think from the original prognosis, it’s going to be much, much better than that. You can never tell 100% but hopefully he’s going to be back in the first week of February, which is just fantastic. It could be later, it could be earlier but that’s better than anyone thought.”
“The club doctor came from Newcastle to see him last week and he was really delighted with Hatem’s progress. He’s working hard and there are a group of specialists working with him – he’s really in the best place.”
“He’s working on his strength and that is the next step, but he’s dedicated and he’s absolutely determined to get back in a Newcastle shirt and repay the supporters for their support through all of this.”
That’s just terrific news about Ben Arfa, and we have to hope the goal of the Newcastle club is to sign this lad, just as soon as he is fit and playing again on Tyneside.
Of course, since the change of management at Newcastle we are just a little worried about Ben Arfa, because while we know he really liked Chris Hughton, and got on well with him, Alan Pardew is a different character.
We just have to hope that Alan can get on with the youngster, and handle him effectively, since Ben Arfa has a history of bad behavior at all the clubs he has played at.