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. 😀