Alan Pardew Insistent He Will Not Risk Ben Arfa This Season


Alan Pardew has said again today that French International Hatem Ben Arfa will not be allowed to make his return to the first team until he is fully fit.

Ben Arfa – Pardew will not risk this great player this season

Pardew is taking a very sensible approach, and that comes after it seemed that Dan Gosling may have rushed back too soon, in retrospect,  from his ACL injury, and had a setback.

The former Plymouth and Everton midfielder had to have another operation on the knee last month, to remove scar tissue, which was causing constant swelling in the knee.

We haven’t heard too much about Dan since then, and he was initially ruled out for at least four weeks after his operation. But once again,  caution would be the best thing for Dan, to ensure he fully recovers.

Alan is back-tracking from the statement he made last week,  that Ben Arfa would be available for the Wolves home game on April 2nd, as the Wimbledon-born manager said today:

“I am going to protect him. I cannot just throw him in.”

“The Wolves game sounds optimistic, even though I am sure, in his own mind, he has set that as his target.”

“He is still very much in the process of recovery and he has a long road back.” “It may even take us into May.”

“To break both bones in the shin is tough, not just physically but mentally, too.”

Both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa are two important players for the Newcastle side, and even if they don’t come back to the first team this season, they should be raring to go in the pre-season, and they will be like two new players for the Newcastle side.

That has to be good.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • lewman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    should give them both a few camios before the end of the season but not a good idea against the likes of wolves imo.

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  • G

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Given his ability, I will be happy for him to sit this season out altogether if it means he will come back 100% next season.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree with lewman and G. If possible a couple of cameos after Wolves, but I can wait till next season if necessary.

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  • balubas1

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    As much as I would like to see him play as soon as possible, it is the best thing to do… Let him recover to full fitness.. Dont want Karl Henry having a go at his leg.

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  • connor_nufc

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont let him.play agaisnt wolves cause they are the dirtiest team in the league

    Just wait till.nxt season

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  • arcarius

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    must be mental to risk Benny against the likes of scumbags wolves!

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  • applepine

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    why are you all going on about wba being dirty? if you look at the stats over the entire season there isn’t much to support that. sure they have a few roughnecks, but no more than other teams (newcastle?).. I agree though, unless he is 100% and nufc are facing a battle for PL survival, WAIT for next season!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    applepine, Wolverhampton = WBA…. ?

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  • john_cena163

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Let him b on bench, giv him last 4-6min

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  • applepine

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #10

    GG, hehe, don’t know how i managed to read west brom.. i stand corrected

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  • nden85

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah, best not throw them to the wolves

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Last 3 games of the season, providing none of the teams are fighting tooth and nail for any reason, just to tantalise us, give us a smattering of what we’ll be enjoying next season. 🙂

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  • balubas1

    Mar 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Off topic.. God how I hope Barton and Enrique will stay with us and extend their contracts. Don’t you think they might stay if they are offered decent contracts and the club signs some good players in the summer window to show some ambition? When they say that they will wait until the summer, it doesnt have to mean something else.. It could just be that they are waiting to see where ashley wants to take this club.. Fair enough if u ask me.. Well…Im still hoping..

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    balubas1, I think Enrique is as good as gone. 2 wins 6 points then we are definitely safe, which were his requirements. If he doesn’t sign then it’s down to him and no one else.

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  • lewman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    if we dont get too hopeful then we will not be dissapointed and if enrique goes, i would guess we would more than double what we paid for him and lets just hope its to barca or milan and not liverpool or some other pl club.

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  • ochytoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Yh my mate had an ACL injury, and had the issue with floating cartilage, took him about 3-4 months to recover fully from cartilage problem but then again, he isn’t a professional athlete

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  • applepine

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    lewman, agreed, liverpool are down for the count. lets aim to overtake them, not feed them any more of our best players!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Didn’t I read here that we’re in talks with Real over Enrique, 20 million?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m not convinced Jose is going. If it’s to transpire he is, I’d be happy to see him join Barca, as long as they give us Affelay or Bojan in return. 😉

    That would leave us needing to fill the void at LB, my top choices would be:

    Gibbs
    V.Aanholt
    A.Traore
    Jose Angel

    All promising, dynamic talents. In my estimation ranging from £3-8m (V.A-K.G). I’d love to see Gibbs here.

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  • dave 1961

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Nolan is Liverpool’s number one target for the summer, so we need to get his replacement in soon, or could Ireland be his replacement?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    dave 1961, if that’s true, giving Joey the captaincy may just be the push Joey needs.

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  • lewman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #22

    maybe we could take stevie g and reina as part exchange dave lol

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  • newcastle29

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    SteVie ireland injured and 50/50 at the best for him to play! He has a thigh strain!
    https://twitter.com/lee_ryder/status/43303451542814720

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  • balubas1

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Guys… I honestly believe that we will not lose enrique, barton AND nolan….

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  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #25

    If Ireland isn’t fully fit we mustn’t play him, because if he disappoints, it will be a confidence issue. A confident Ireland will be a big transfer for us. He was City’s best player… (along with …Bellamy!)

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  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #26

    And, for Nostalgia’s sake (if he can still play) I’d love to see Bellamy back!! He played with so much passion for us and that useless Liverpool coach (no, not Dalglish, we’ve had even worse) offloaded him after HE (the useless coach) grabbed him by the neck. How would you react? Remember Joey (whom we love) had a spat with the coach who relegated us, telling him he was a sxxxxe manager!

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  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Hope u r right Balubas1

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  • spanishtoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #28

    good call…there is an article from this morning about why he shouldnt play: Why we must write off Ben Arfa until next season..http://tinyurl.com/6l2pndq

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  • bristolmagpie

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #29

    This is the same article just put in a different way. come up with something new please

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #30

    That’s very wise and probably the best thing to do, but I’d love to see him in Black and White again this season.

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  • Thump

    Mar 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #31

    @spanishtoon: Learn SEO so you can stop spamming the comments.

    Piss of.

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  • clinta2

    Mar 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Not Wolves please! They are a very physical side who don’t like people running with the ball. I can see them fouling Benny a number of times which could easily aggravate the injury.

    If he plays at all this season, I;d just give hime 15 min cameos to give him a feel for it all again, and re-introduce him to the fans.

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