Ben Arfa’s Career Was Said To Be In Serious Jeopardy

Surprising and even disturbing news in the Daily Mail this morning.

Ben Arfa – to think this injury could have ended his career

The report is  that Newcastle’s Hatem Arfa had to have a vital second operation on his left leg last November, that could well have saved his career, and the news seems to be true.

Ben Arfa, 23, had surgery immediately after he broke the left leg back on October 3rd last year in Manchester, but it seems that – unbeknownst to the public – complications set in after that – and those complications could have prevented his shin bones from healing completely.

Whether that would mean his career would have come to a premature end we really don’t know – but that’s what is being reported today in the Mail.

Paris St Germain club doctor Eric Rolland, who we reported yesterday was monitoring the Frenchman’s  progress,  operated on the play-maker at the French capital’s Pitie Salpetriere Hospital last November.

As we have heard in the last few days, Ben Arfa is now close to a return, and actually it seems he will be rejoining the Newcastle squad a week on Saturday.


Newcastle have signed the player earlier this month, with the fee said to be £5M from former club Marseilles.

Dr Rolland talked about his involvement:

“Ben Arfa’s advisers called on me to do the surgery,’ ‘He needed a second operation in mid November.”

‘He had a problem area which could have become infected, and prevented his broken bones from knitting together once more.”

‘It had to be sorted out urgently, and we thought it best to operate once more. Since then he has got away from the problem.”

‘The Clairefontaine rehabilitation center is now monitoring the 23 year-old very closely, and all this will not delay him from returning to playing football.”

“He got injured three and a half months ago, and his recovery is on schedule.”

That’s really almost astonishing news,  but we are so pleased they fixed the problem, and seemingly also acted very quickly, once they realized what was happening.

One of Ben Arfa’s agents, Michel Ouazine was also quoted as saying:

“The main thing is for Hatem to be back playing by March.”

“He had an inflammation, and the second operation was justified.”

“‘Hatem is philosophical, and not impatient. He must not rush back.”

‘He has taken things well, as there is nothing he can do about the situation.”

This is really rather surprising news, but very good news nonetheless, in that they fixed the problem.

But to think that Ben Arfa’s career could have been ended by this injury, it’s sad to even think about it.

The young lad must have gone through some mental torment during all of this – although from what is being said above,  he’s handled the situation very well,  and has been very patient throughout.

When this lad  gets back to playing at St. James’ Park again, that roar will have to be even louder now.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope hemakes a full recovery and is playing soon – we need him.

    Like most of this injury stuff, we are never told what is really going on.

  • Visten

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    If that had happened then De Jong should have been ashamed of himself.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #3


  • Todd-USA

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    The original headline is a bit deceiving and sensational. Of course his career WAS in doubt until he had the successful surgery(ies).

  • Brutooon

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    wait till march, 2 mths to help us go up the table

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I doubt NUFC would have signed him for 5 years if he was not going to recover. Of course, they could have an “out” clause if he does not recover.

  • AlanSmith.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Seems like we owe a hell of a lot to Dr Rolland and Paris St Germain.. so happy that benny will be back in training soon.. be good to see him back on tyneside!! who else is slightly concerned with the carroll injury.. seems to be his tendons.. and they dont usually heel very well!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    News of the World headlining Ed?

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    and Nigel De Jong did not even appologise, I think there need to be more strict punishment for players who make such tackles, mayb they should be ban for as long as the player is injured….
    If there is clearly malice in the tackle.
    (I know what you thinkn…….Barton & Smith right)

  • lewman

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    my poor heart cant take all these headlines, he should think himself lucky and be more determined from this.

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Leave him and Gosling until next season so they are 100% fit & no doubts in their minds about playing & tackling.


    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Howay ED, sort them headlines out!

    Makes you sound like an editor of a sunday rag! Buy the paper then read, there is nothing in it!

    Expatgeordie, I agree!

  • terencelim

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    I pray to god that, a car knock down DeJong and ends his career.

    Sorry if you can’t take my joke, but this son of bitch and Manchini deserve every bad things in life.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    That headline is totally unecessary.
    I agree with expatgeordie – these two lads should forget about this campaign and come back totally fit, fresh and confident for next season.
    They are young enough with loads of years ahead of them to play for us. I’m sure we’ll cope in the meantime.
    As far as having operations done by doctors abroad why is this the norm? Don’t we have good enough medical staff and surgeons in this part of the world?

  • ToonTex

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed loves a saucy headline to make us hit these links, huh? He must have a good chuckle with the wife when he sees us all gripe! Cheers Ed!

    I cannot believe he is being advised to take more than a minimal amount of on field play this season. Just enough to keep his skills sharp, but full fledged games? No way.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    If Pardew has a say, he’ll play HBA in a reserve game two days prior to starting HBA in a PL match where he’ll play him the full 90 minutes. After the match, he’ll send HBA to Benton to train for two hours. You know…ease him back like he did Gosling.

  • stunna

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Bad headline. Not what I wanted to read first thing in the morning.

  • Davies

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry to chip in with everyone else, Ed, but that headline is VERY misleading.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice headline Ed. NOT. Did you used to work for the Chronicle at some point? I remember seeing the newspaper headlines screaming form the billboards saying ‘UNITED STAR DEMANDS MOVE’
    Fearing the worst, I rushed out and got a copy of the Ronnie Gill. Only to find out later that it was something like Tommy Gibb wanting an exchange from his 2 bed terraced house to a bungalow in Crawcrook or something. Utter sensationalism and totally unnecessary. Is there no ‘talking points that you could think of to keep us all interested Ed? Come on, you are better than this.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20


    Hatem Ben Arfa had to call out the AA today when hios starter motor broke as he was going to the shops. The breakdown occured on the A187.

    There. Monkey See Monkey Do.

  • boater

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed – is this headline deliberately designed to mislead and panic readers? Do you care?


    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Disgraceful headline !!! I am not a big user of this forum but this message board is fast getting a reputation for its sensationalist headlines for hits.

    Seems Ed can spout what he likes to get your clicks.

  • G

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Just a quick note, F365 posted a headline the other day saying ‘De Jong to finish career at Man City’. Some quick individual placed a retort within seconds asking the editor if he had specified who’s career he wished to finish?

  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24


    President of the USA, John F. Kennedy was, some 47 years and 2 months ago, shot and killed i Dallas while on a political trip.

  • chuck

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #25

    To those complaining about Eds. headline, your whine`s are more aggravating than any headline
    and shows a lack of imagination.

  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #26

    @ chuck; i realize whining i aggravating, but how does it show lack of imagination?

  • chuck

    Jan 27, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Because once mentioned is enough, but to continue with the same boring thread lacks imagination.
    Perhaps if a little humor was added it may have been more acceptable.
    OK, get it ?


    Jan 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Chuck off!!

  • NorseMag

    Jan 27, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #29

    @ chuck; well, 1st of all, since this is not the first time Ed has been criticized for twisting the truth in his headlines, it’s about time we all join up in an attempt to make him know we don’t like it. (seems likeit had an effect too.)

    2nd: wasn’t my JFK joke even slightly imaginative?

  • liamHWTT

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #30

    What the hell? You deleted my same post earlier and again now. What is this? I’m not allowed to post about your crap headlines, but allow others to? What kind of a hypocrite douchebag are you? You can post shite headlines and I’m allowed to comment on them just like I would any other aspect of what you write? Isn’t that why we’re all here, including you? To engage? And you blog from your high-handed podium the other day how people need to step into the 21st century and give women the same chance to do the same things as men without disparagement, that everyone is equal even though different people “wear different masks”, but by that same “freedom to all” token you are not even for free speech on your own blog? Oh, yeah, Ed — you are a beacon of light for the freedoms and rights for people everywhere! Or, more accurately, you’re a selective-minded dolt.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 27, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #31

    LaimHWTT – I did alter the headline about two hours ago – I agreed with you.


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