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.