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.