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.