Ben Arfa Likely To Miss The Rest Of The Season

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has tried to pour cold water on any hopes of Ben Arfa coming back for the game against Wolves on April 2nd, and even before May comes around.

Ben Arfa – may not make it back this season

That was the match the French International had targeted to return for the Newcastle first team, but Alan Pardew has since tried to play down an early return for the player, who turned 24 last Monday.

Pardew told BBC Newcastle this morning:

“He’s still some way off, the most important thing is Hatem is 100% when he plays,”

“I think that’s going to be late April, early May, if then.”

Ben Arfa underwent an operation on the broken tibia and fibula in early October, and then had to have an emergency operation on the leg in November, after it had shown signs of infection.

The very popular French International had  made just 4 appearances for the Magpies, with a tremendous goal against Everton to whet the appetites of Newcastle fans everywhere. The player has so far played 8 times for France with two goals, both screamers.

He signed on full  time at the Tyneside club in January, for a fee reckoned to be around £5M, a bargain price for a player of Ben Arfa’s immense abilities.

As we have said before,  if Ben Arfa doesn’t come back for this season, then so be it, because we’d then look forward to a fully fit and recovered top player for Newcastle next season.

It’s much more important that the lad makes a full and complete recovery from a very serious injury, than being rushed back for a few games this season, with the possibility of a set-back, which happened to Dan Gosling.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Ben Arfa shouldn’t be played till he’s fit. I’m willing to wait till next season. But it’s not just cold water that Pardew is pouring at the minute. Saying that the team is worn out. Pardew’s put ice cube into the bath.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    *ice cubes

  • dawid182

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    the best news, what i heard today

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I prefer he doesn’t play this season and made a superb next season ’cause he will be fit and rested.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Well, I can see it now. A couple of weeks before next season kicks-off, ‘Ben Arfa tears hamstring, out for 2 months’. 🙁

  • Brutooon

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #6

    dont mind about this

    let him be fit for next season

  • Sinner

    Mar 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Hopefully he wont turn out to be another Alan Smith,whose career has been marred by injuries! 🙁

  • brighter

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes,important thing is we have to wait until fully recovers of top player.And truly important is keep up the premier league status.

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    One Day one day… great article…

  • john_cena163

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Miss him:'(. I cnt wait 4 nxt season

  • niafron

    Mar 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I took a look on the standing. NUFC is only 5 point above West Ham.

    Depending of April’s results, Maybe will have Ben Arfa to play.

    It’s too ealry to let him free for the remaining of the season.

  • dazza

    Mar 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Just read the following excerpt on the star.

    Man City will take a £4.4million hit on forgotten striker Felipe Caicedo by selling him to Spanish side Levante in the summer for £850,000.

    Great deal for Levante if true. I really rate this guy and would love to see us sign him. Huge potential.


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