It looks like the official game back for Ben Arfa will be the home game against Wolves on April 2nd.
Ben Arfa – back playing in early April in first team!
And including that game, there are 8 league games left of the season, so with any luck the 23 year-old French star will be available for what could be a very important run-in for the team.
And let’s face it – Newcastle are in with a chance of getting 7th place – and that has been enough to get in the Europa Cup these last two seasons for Fulham and Liverpool.
Maybe we’ll not make it – but it’s a huge incentive for the lads through the end of the season, and we have to think part of Pardew’s contract is a bonus, if he gets the team into European competition.
Apparently his contract is low on guaranteed wages, but loaded with incentives, which sounds good to us.
The Newcastle club – quite rightly – have not put any pressure on the lad, as the main thing with serious injuries like both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling are recovering from – is to make sure they are 100% recovered first and foremost.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today about the French International:
“You’d like to think he’s got every chance of playing against Wolves.” “The Stoke game is probably too soon for him.”
“He will not be toned up as he has been out for so long. He’s running, but he’s a good month away.”
Of course Ben Arfa suffered an awful double leg-break at Eastlands back in early October, and Ben Arfa is already a darling of the Newcastle fans, and he is some player – that’s for sure.
I wish I could have hit a ball like he did for that fantastic goal against Everton – it was pure technique – beautiful technique – that he can hit a ball like that from a standing start – unbelievable.
So let’s hope Ben Arfa is back for the Wolves game (and all 3 points?), and Newcastle fans can welcome the lad back – with a great ovation.
Let’s not forget what this lad has had to put up with – it’s been hell and high water over the last six months.
But he can become a fantastic player for Newcastle United!