Ben Arfa Back Playing in Early March – That’s Great – Video


Hatem Ben Arfa completed a permanent move to Newcastle during the January transfer window, and the estimated transfer fee was £5M.

Hatem Ben Arfa at Everton – get in!!

We are saying that to try to balance some good news with the bad news we’ve seen all week with Andy Carroll, and of course the 23 year-old French star has been recovering from a double fracture of his lower left leg, he picked up at Eastlands in early October.

We heard that Ben Arfa had needed a second emergency operation in Paris in mid-November, as the leg had become infected, and that could not only have been career threatening but life threatening too, so in the end it was very good news indeed to hear the problem had been corrected.

That emergency surgery was carried out by French doctor Eric Rolland in Paris, and he reiterated the necessity of that operation today to the French Daily L’Equipe:

“He had to undergo a second surgical procedure in November,” “There was a problem that could have become infected and stopped the bones from setting.”

“We had to sort it out as an emergency. He is out of danger, though, and it won’t delay his return to competition.”

“People from Newcastle have been told about this. They were in contact with us at the time and are still in contact now.”

“If each step is followed properly, the player should be able to resume playing early in March.”

That’s just excellent news – because it’s a short four weeks ago, and we also hear that Ben Arfa is already super-fit.

And one of Ben Arfa’a agents, Michel Ouazine,  also said it looked like early March was the right date:

“The hope is that Hatem will be back on the training pitch in March.

“The second surgery was needed. Now it is just a matter of time.

“There is no rush for him to comeback. Hatem is prepared to be patient and do things in the right way.”

It will be great to have Hatem Ben Arfa back in a black and white shirt again, and we know the lad will get a huge ovation when he finally appears back at St. James Park again.

And thanks to reader HaZ-NUFC here is a fantastic goal he scored before he even arrived on Tyneside.

What a goal – something to look forward to before the end of the season.

And in case – just in case – you have forgotten the great goal he scored at Everton – here it is.

Yes – that cheered us up too!

Ben Arfa has always made it clear that he only wants to play for Newcastle, and these are the players we want at the Newcastle club, whether they are French, German, Italian, Geordies, Israelis, Africans, Australians, Dutch  or whatever – we don’t care – as long as they want to be on Tyneside. 😀

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83 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Training in MARCH not playing, earlier reports said Feb so must of had a little setback and tbh he may MAX be able to play for a month! but cannot wait till he plays again.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Thanks HaZ-NUFC – I’ve put it in 😀

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  • Abbott

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    My favourite player… except for maybe Tiote. We will add a new dimension of play once he is in form.

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  • gorskino10

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote is my fave now after AC leaving, i just love how much he does but he shyed away from the media he just wants to get down and do his role for the team ya cannot beat that, good scout by that dude we have on our board lets hope we can SPEND wisely on a Winger and maybe 1 or 2 strikers. Hopefully they look Ivorian once again at Gervinhio and Seydou Doumbia!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Tiote also seems to have settled in very well with the squad, I always see Danny Simpson talking about FIFA competitions with Tiote which is nice to hear 🙂

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #7

    PLEASE!! Don’t play this lad until 20011/12 season. He will to get to match fitness and most of all get into match condition – an entirely different matter. Hoots was good at this, he wouldn’t rush players back. Puppet P. has already shown he’ll do anything to stay in his own job, including pushing Gosling into the squad weeks to early.

    Grief how I dislike this marionette manager, even more then McGarry and Jackie Charlton, and I thought that would be impossble….

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Well maybe not that long, try 2011…!

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  • roy cropper

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    as these quotes aren’t coming from the club – there probably true & he could be back just in time to save us from another relagation under fattso.

    that’s if he’s the same player as before like…

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  • Sinner

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I wouldnt mind if Ben Arfa doesnt get a game this season,that was a career threatening injury he had!
    Just want him to be good as he left! and not to turn out to be another Alan smith.. 🙂

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  • Selbymag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Ok so how many of you moaning gets are going tonight. I’m sat in the ibis hotel Fulham having a peroni before walking down. See you there boys…. can’t miss me I’m the pissed mag in green sl72 adidas classics. Toon Toon.

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  • roy cropper

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    if he does play again this season & is as good as before – a word of warning….

    dont get too attached to him!!

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  • mattnufc

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13
  • veto

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #14

    always watched the lad prior to his newcastle switch , cant help but feel toon fans have put him up on a pedestal he’s never going to reach , he’s good , but extremely one footed and will never come back the same player after that kind of injury .
    we shouldnt have signed him after that happened

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  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #15

    lol @ 13

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m inclined to agree with roy here. We can’t even keep hold of a local talent – what bloody chance have we got with somebody like King Arfa?

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  • tdt

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    hope the injury hasnt mentally scarred him, look A.Smith’s leg break did.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    that is not always the case with a break if it does not damage surrounding tissue it will be stronger than the original, to the extent that it could not break again in the same place, but on the down side it could break 1″ higher or lower, i would expect he will be as good as he was. Its ligaments and tendons that are dodgy and it was said at the time he did not get any soft tissue injury’s

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20

    tdt

    smith did stupid rash challenges before and still does

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t think we will be offered 36M for ben Arfa !!

    next it will be Perch for 23M !!!!

    Personally looking forward to seeing a bit of football being played on the deck no, a la SBR teams.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #22

    now

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  • geoff777

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    I think he’ll come back stronger.

    If we’re not in a relegation battle we might as well wait until he gets a proper pre-season training session.

    HWTL

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  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #24

    United look to the Reserves for bench cover – Michael Richardson and Paul Dummett joining up with the first team after being omitted from Tuesday night’s reserve team squad.

    🙄 🙄

    Good to see Paul getting bench seat. He is a good prospect.

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  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    The Asia Chinese gonna celebrate the annual chinese New year including me,where i will be receiving annual red packets(cash included) by relatives tomorrow.

    So hopefully,a win against the cottagers,will bring up the festival mood even higher for me. 😆 :mrgreen:

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ll only see £36m payouts by clubs like Man City who have had money spunked into the coffers by the owners before the fair play rules.

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  • Sinner

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #27

    😯

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  • Flop

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Can’t wait to get him back. Our squad needs a boost thankfully Tiote last game of suspension. I’m concerned for tonight, Nolan has spent the last day telling people in Liverpool what a wonderful player they’ve bought. Couldn’t have come out and said to the fans of the club he’s paid to play for, we’ve lost AC but one player doesn’t make a team and we’re going to try our hardest to get 3 points.

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah that bothers me too, Flop. I doubt it should have too much of an impact but I hope Pardew has done some kind of discipline – it’s not on from a club captain.

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  • Sinner

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    [i]next it will be Perch for 23M !!!![/i]

    Saywut?

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  • Thump

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #31
  • nufcburty

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #32

    If he’s fit for March, i say we play him in April, don’t wonna rush him, but we will need him for those last several games.

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  • andre29

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Fulham vs Newcastle LIVE ON http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • nufcburty

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Thump..
    I think Nolan need to quickly crawl out of Carroll”s arse…

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Some good news, Arsenal are losing players left, right and centre.

    Good for us as we’ve got them next.

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  • Toonmania

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #36

    even after the fair play rules come into effect owners can still spend their millions on their clubs, they just have to justify the reasons to fifa in otherwords a bribe should do the trick.

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  • Toonmania

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #37

    nufcburty,
    ref to comment 34 yes i think you’re right there after listening to him on LPTV grrrrrr!!! makes you wonder if he advised him to go

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  • magpieboom_6

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed, first time commentor here and I have to say well done on the blog. Love reading it.

    HBA needs to take on the #10 shirt (unless 37 is a number w/ special meaning to him that he wants to keep).

    Need a big win tonite to help wash some of the sour taste out of mouths from the AC fiasco.

    BTW….selling my AC #9 long sleeve shirt on ebay for anyone that wants it.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Forget Andy Carroll, Ben Arfa is our best player! With Andy here it was the same unfortunately De Jong halted his progress. I am dying to see this kid back. I am chuffed that we have a talent like this in our team. Tiote is another diamond that our scouts have found. Amazing players. If we’re doing well and look like surviving without Ben Arfa I wouldn’t risk his health and have him ready for next season. As much as I would like to see him play that would be the most sensible thing to do. The good thing about Ben Arfa is that he’s already played for big teams and knows what it’s like and he wanted to come here. Carroll hasn’t played in a ‘big’ team before apart from us and wanted to experience that and especially the MONEY that comes with it. I think Ben Arfa will be that bit more loyal to us than Carroll was. We need to keep the rest of our core players. If we just sell sell sell we will never get anywhere and just be a conveyor belt for other teams to profit and for Mike Ashley’s pocket.

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  • brighter

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Number 10 for HBA!!!!!

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