Ben Arfa Due Back On Tyneside Today

Newcastle said last week that Hatem Ben Arfa had been given compassionate leave to visit his grandparents in Tunisia.

Hatem Ben Arfa – due back this week in Newcastle

Ben Arfa was due to arrive back at Newcastle last Monday, before being given the compassionate leave,  so we would expect some news on the French International shortly, as he gets back to life and training on Tyneside early this week.

We’re not too sure when Ben Arfa will be fully fit to return, but the news is that he’s made an excellent recovery from the double fracture of his left leg, he received in early October at Eastlands, and is in fantastic physical shape.

Newcastle have only 2 games in April, on the 5th at home to Everton and on the 18th at Stoke City, and every remaining game is on a Saturday except the final game of the season on Sunday 22nd May, when all games kick off at the same time 4:00pm, and we entertain WBA.

Indeed we still have to play Wolves, WBA and Birmingham at home, all potential relegation sides with poor away records,  so that’s a possible 9 points right there.

After the next 3 games, Bolton and Everton at home and Stoke away,  the 4th game is not until April 2nd, when we entertain Wolves, and we have 8 league games remaining including that one.

So that’s good news for Newcastle, because  most of our injured players (Ben Arfa, Ireland, Ameobi and the two Taylors) should be fit by late March, some quite easily, and Pardew can pick almost the strongest side for all but the next three league games.

That sounds very good to us, and a chance to rise in the league table too.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Welcome home 🙂

  • Thump

    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I was wondering, do we have a chant for HBA?

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Welcome back Benny, cant wait to see him in black and white again.

  • Jarra_Mag

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Thump






  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t know about a song but i’d love to ask him what he was thinking when he was being stretchered off and sat up and started waving to the fans,it was probably 90% the oxygen talking but i’d like to think he was applauding the love from us.

  • Thump

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    @Jarra: Ala “Oo ah Cantona”? Like it 😀

    …we should probably discourage the bit about the bra, though.

  • Davies

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m more excited to see the lad back and playing than I was when we signed him. Here’s to hoping he suffers no further ill effects.

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Try in arabic. A good tune in order to make a stadium song. Very popular in North Africa:

    You just got to change the words:

    lele lele lela AROUA HATEM BEN ARFA! ( Come on Hatem Ben arfa.)

  • nufc_mad

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I can’t wait for the lad to come back, I think we will see Jonas up his game even more in the coming games to try and keep his place. let the battle begin 🙂

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Is this true that hes back today, do we have a source? If so, thats fantastic! Any ideas on his fitness levels, Im guessing he’ll play 2-3 reserve games to get upto match fitness because theres a difference between being fit and being match fit. Hopefully he can make the bench on our team come mid-March and then force himself into the first team 🙂

  • lesh

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t want to nit pick but was he due back today and is he actually back?

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Why did NUFC need a fast striker front of Ben Arfa:

  • toonster88

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    hba on his feet,nolan and barton having 5-6 good matches,defence stays still and strong,best scores 3 more hattricks…come europe.i guarantee

  • nufc_mad

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Europe is too early for us at the moment, next season yes but lets not get ahead of ourselves and focus on survival this season.

  • Stuart

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree its probably too early for Europe in terms of our squad actually being able to handle it if we get in.

    However I think its very possible we could make it in this season, if our key players continue to play well and our injured players make quick comebacks we will have a very strong squad going into the last 10 games of the season.

    May be being overly optimistic, but you never know!

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #16
  • doddsy

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    both taylors are back raylor played full 90 mins in reserves should be on bench for bolton and so should saylor and maybe shola 2 beacuse he has now got that mask thing he just needs a bit traning

    toon team o beat bolton 2-0





  • BeeGuy

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Is it me, or do these injury return reports never come anywhere close to getting return times right? Didn’t Ireland come in and would be ready in two weeks, and he still is at that point except it now two weeks before he starts to train? (One can only hope that Villa is paying his salary until he can enter a real game.) And when these guys do come back, it takes many weeks of reserves games before they can make the bench? I don’t mind players being injured, or being completely healed before they play, I just like a little more candor about when they might be fit.


    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Great news however lets ease him in slowly. I would rather not see him until next season if truth be known. If he retains his pace and confidence he is as good as one of the trophy signings everyone is going on about.Just give us a top notch striker with hba roaming and it should bring a smile to even the most pessimistic supporters. Keep the faith

  • Manx Magpie

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    cannot wait for the boy to be playing for us

  • AndyE93

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Probably see him being used as a sub until he regains match fitness, I just can’t wait for St. James’ to completely erupt when he is brought on. It will be something he has never experienced before and never will! Great player with unbelievable vision! I cannot wait to see him!!!

  • AndyE93

    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Phoenix nights i totally agree, hopefully by the time he is back properly fit we will be out of the relegation scrap that we are hardly in so there will be no need for us to rush him in. I hope we don’t get into Europe this season as i feel our squad could not cope with it and it would allow us to focus on pressing on next season. HWTL!!!

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #23

    You got only two Game in March, so, you got time. He will probably be fit in april for the last 8 games.
    Considering the standings, i think NUFC need only 8 or 9 points to be safe.

  • AndyE93

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice to have you here niafron, always good to have someone who watches another league week in week out, so what is your thoughts on Gervinho? and would you say we have a decent chance of getting him?

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Not realy…

    Depending of his club (Lille) situation. They are now leaders of the french championship, but they lose yesterday, and teams like Marseille or Lyon are back in the bussisnes. So They don’t even know if they will play the champion’s league next year.

    If they do, it will be very hard to sign him, for he will probably remain in Lille. He have show in the past some signs of his will to leave, but many observers think this is only to got more money.

    Anyway, he’s a very good player, but as he generaly play on the wings, he will not solve your striker problem.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Welcom back KING ARFA.:-D

  • free giveaways

    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    It will be great to see Ben Arfa again.


    What about Sylvain Marveaux? Do you know what’s happening with him? I read somewhere we’ve already signed him on a pre-contract.

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    @free giveaways

    The information come from the Daily mail, so i can’t tell you more.

    About the player, he is expected to do great things, but this year, he is a bit disapointing. Can be a good idea, but i will not bet my shirt on him.

    And it seems than Arsenal is already on his track.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #29

    niafron ;

    I really hope we get him. Him and Ben Arfa in the same team would be amazing. I heard Liverpool are in for him too.

  • GeordieLad

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Lads of topic but, when do the season tickets come on sale?

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #31

    He was really excelent year, but as i have said, this more difficult for him this year.

    Maybe a problem of motivation, unfotunately for us, poor french guys, it frequently happens in the french league.

    Because our “league 1” is far from being praised by the youth…

    When a young and gifted player show his value, the next season, he sleep until he leave to another championship.

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Read: “excellent LAST year”. Sorry.

  • IrishGeordie

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33


    Wat u mean hope we dnt make it into Europe??
    Are you crazy?? In all honesty i will be disapointed if we dont finish with atleast 50 points, and getting into europe would be great as then we are more likely to hold on to our prized assets i.e. Jose and Cheick. You say our squad wont cope with it. Ofcourse it will we will have athe summer to bring in even more top players and will have more of a realistic chance of getting them if we are in Europe. Cummon lad we are a BIG club and belong in Europe so Y wait?? Also does anyone know if Arsenal win the carling cup + if they or man u win the FA cup will teams placed 7th and 8th get into europa league, as they both are gona be part of the champions league. Or does it go to the runners up?? Not sure wat way it works??


    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Ben Arfa-Ben Zema= Dream

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Ben Arfa+Ben Zema= MY biggest dream.

    Well, sure, i can see them play for France in the Future. As you can see in the video i have post above (message 12), they particulary match.

    Unfotunately for NUFC, it will be very hard to sign Ben zema, but why not?

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    For Ben Zema, you’ll need:

    -Reach a european Place
    -20 to 30 millions euro
    – An excellent salary
    -A personnal call of Ben Arfa

    As i have said before on this blog, they got a complicated story. They were close friends, then, they have take their distance in anger.

    Now, they are going to be friend again, but they need to talk. Eyes in the eyes.

    But they are born to play together, and i think they know it.

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Thump
    ben arfa my lord
    ben arfa
    ben arfa my lord
    ben arfa
    ben arfa my lord
    ben arfa
    wooaaaahhaaaaaaaaoooooo ben arfa!

  • AndyE93

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Irish Geordie I don’t think we have the squad to play in 4 different competitions. If it meant that Ashley pumped a bit more money into the squad then i may be for it but i don’t think we should be sprinting before we can run. A finish just outside of european place this year would really give us a solid foundation in the league to kick on next season, with Ben Arfa back and possible additions i think we should focus on the league and maybe the league cup. We need to keep on progressing as a club but europe could stop this progress and cripple our club due to lack of depth in key areas.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Hey niafron our most excellent Ligue 1 scout 🙂 What are your thoughts on the young striker Nolan Roux?

  • niafron

    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    @shot bru

    He’s good. But it is only his first season in 1st division. He have scored 5 goals, a bit light for a striker. Sure, he’s not in a top team, but neither Gameiro and he got 15 goals…

    Roux need to confirm.


You must log in to post a comment.