Ben Arfa May Not Return To Action This Season

Some bad news for Newcastle fans this morning, and it’s that Ben Arfa’s return to action will be delayed.

Ben Arfa – not back until late April or May – if that

And this time it’s not because he’s been given compassionate leave, but it’s based on the injury itself, and the fact that it takes significant time to come back from such a terrible injury.

Ben Arfa broke his tibia and fibula at Manchester City in early October, and he was hoping to make his comeback on April 2nd in the home game against Wolves, but that will not happen.

But Alan Pardew had this to say today:

“He has set himself a personal target, but he is still in the process of recovery,”

“To break both bones in his shin is tough, not just physically but mentally. He’s got a long road back.”

“Whether he comes back into the first team at the level where we are at the moment, we’ll have to see.”

“Certainly next year he will be a big player for us,”  “But his recovery will take us into April, maybe May.”

“He needs to get some training under his belt and games,” “I remember when Ian Wright broke his leg twice at Crystal Palace.”

“When that first tackle happens and you come through that it gives you the confidence that you’re strong enough.” “Until then you have nagging doubts it isn’t as strong.”

“I thought Leon Best was the best player on the pitch, so Ben Arfa has competition,” “I can’t just say ‘he’s great player, give him a chance’.”

“These players deserve to stay in the shirts.” “I’d like to see him play this year but I am going to protect him.”

With Dan Gosling making some missteps in his comeback from his ACL knee injury,  the Newcastle club would be wise to take it easy on Ben Arfa, and maybe we will not see him until next season.

And for the good of the boy, that may be the best thing, to give him ample time – and even a pre-season to fully recover.

I have some experience of this because I broke my lower leg leg in two places – clean through – playing for England Universities against the England Amateur team way back at Hillsborough, Sheffield.

The full leg cast was up to my thigh for 17 weeks, and when the cast came off my leg was half the size.  The good news is that I made significant progress toward my PhD during that time. 😀

But Ben Arfa will have been getting the very best of treatments since October, in today’s advanced world of rehabilitation and physical therapy.

The bottom line is that the most important thing is for the French International to come back as good as ever – whenever that may be.

Here’s a link where you can wish the 23 year-old all the best, if you’d like to do that.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    It can only be a good thing to delay his return.
    He should not be rushed back too early.

  • super bartooon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Rather have benny boy at a 100% rather than 70% could only be good for the lad.
    Next season it is I’m totally fine with him and gosling shouldn’t be rushed

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    lwe need to be ptient with this lad we dont want another dan goslingoncident.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    it seems we are being told by everyone to lower our expectations…be arfa and keegan telling us that we ain’t seeing the cash!!

  • john_cena163

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Miss him

  • daneevz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    we need to protect this lad he will be a huge player for us nxt year so i sure i speak for all of us when i say nxt season will be fine! but the suspense in seeing him in the black and white is killing me!!

  • Davies

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Honestly, I thought he’d be out for the season when we were first told he’d broken his leg in two places. Huge loss, but one I accepted ages ago. HBA is a player of massive importance to our future, and if his being out for the rest of the season means he can come back and play a proper part next season, so be it.

    Off topic, did anybody notice Keegan sticking his oar in about our future transfer dealings?

    Love him to death for what he did here as a player and in his first stint as a manager, but if he really “loves this club” shouldn’t he just shut the f*ck up and let us get on with it.

    His conduct since he walked out second time is really hacking me off.

  • Stuart

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    F**k Keegan!

    I’m sorry to say it, especially since he was the manager in charge when I started supporting newcastle, but he needs to keep his mouth shut.

    He’s walked out on us twice and didnt mind taking as much money from us as possible during the season in the CCC when we really needed the money.

    Of course AP is going to get some of the money, they were making bids for players before the window shut in January. Obviously its already been said that its going on fees and wages, but would you really complain considering that just signed Tiote on for another 6 and a half years?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m not bothered if Arfa doesn’t make his comeback until next season or Gosling they both need to be 100% before returning.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart You plonker Keegan was brilliant for us both as a player and as a manager and he was sh*t on by Ashley. You stupid little boy

  • Brutooon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    With Ireland available we got adequate cover, and after Raylor suspension we got lots of player for cover

    good news is that he is our permanent player yey

  • Adssy Mccc

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    FINALLY, we are starting to see some improvements (although only slight and on relatively minor things!) in the way of COMMUNICATION!

    At least we are hearing about this now and not nearer to the time we would all be looking forward to an early come back from Benny Boy.

    Pardew has impressed me in lots of ways. He has proved thousands of us wrong so far…. LONG may it continue… HWTL 🙂

  • toonruz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Keegan is a god our w**r of a owner done the dirty on him and also the likes of shearer i am telling u lot now Ashley wont spend much of that money in the summer u lot will be disappointed come summer watch this space

  • toonruz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    when did u start supporting newcastle ??

  • toonruz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    people on here are idiots i for 1 would love to see keegan back here but under the right ownership , keegan with the right backing would bring back the great football we once seen , i long for that day

  • estechco

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Keegan has as much right to an opinion as any one else although I suspect/hope he may be proven wrong about this one. Remember he was asked a direct question by a journalist and, coincidentally, toon fan (Gabby Logan) and his reply was little more than 30 seconds out of a 13 minute interview. He also said he would have sold AC too for £35m

    It seemed a perfectly reasonable reply to me. Tinged, perhaps, with just a small amount of cynicism based upon his own experience with MA.

  • Thump

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    What’s interesting is how he compares Benny to Best – does this mean HBA is going to be played up front?

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #18

    The Lad Has to Be eased Back to Fitness but were is all this support for Ashley comeing from ??

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    toonruz is that all u come on for to slaf off every1 else:?????


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