Ben Arfa To Remain In France


As we reported yesterday it could well be that we will not see Hatem Ben Arfa play again for Newcastle United this season.

Ben Arfa – to remain at Clairfontaine for immediate future

And news today that the French International will not be retuning to Tyneside soon, but will complete all his rehabilitation in France at the Clairfontaine Center, which is located just south of Paris.

Alan Pardew wanted him to be with the Newcastle players as soon as possible at one time, but the Newcastle manager admits he has changed his mind on that, and that followed a long phone call with the player, who turned 24 last Monday.

The news now is that Ben Arfa will stay in France until he is ready to train again with the first team, and Alan explained this today:

“We’ve kind of questioned that decision at times,” “Whether to bring him back and have treatment here? Get him embedded into the city a little bit more.”

“But I think the personal issue he had with what happened in Tunisia with his family and him, as a person, we just think it’s better he stays there.”

“It’s nothing to do with the French national team or anything like that – you have to take on board that he’s a foreign player, newly arrived in the country and the injury happened so early for him.”

“Would you really want to be stuck here with a broken leg with people he doesn’t really know? He’s been brought up there, he knows the doctor and everything else.”

“It’s kind of a moral debate that me and the doctor have had – shall we bring him back? We just keep coming to the same decision – let’s just leave him there, he seems to be progressing well.”

“Other than being in the city and getting used to the restaurants and God knows what else, there’s no other benefit for us at the moment.”

Ben Arfa has only made four appearances for the Magpies with one goal, but he has quickly shown not only what a great player he is, but has immediately been embraced by the Newcastle faithful, who love to see wingers with flair, creativity and skill,  and the Frenchman has all of those qualities.

Alan Pardew pushed hard to get Ben Arfa signed up, almost as soon as he arrived last December, and he is willing to wait to ensure the lad makes a full and complete recovery, and after all,  that’s the most important thing.

Alan continued:

“If you listen to some of the reports coming out of France, he could be playing again next week.” “But realistically I’ve always said with that kind of injury – when you have to get your confidence back and so on – I still think the back end of April, the start of May. If at all.”

“In my mind, as manager of the club, I haven’t got him penciled in for any game. If I get him back, it’s a bonus for me.”

“He’s running 20 minute periods, he’s on constant attention at Clairefontaine, he seems to be enjoying the treatment and everything else. Our doctor travels over and makes sure. The facilities there are absolutely brilliant.”

This is a very sensible and careful approach being taken by the club, for one of  our very best players, so let’s not look forward too much to him returning this season, because it just may not happen.

For the record, it’s now 23 weeks come Sunday that Ben Arfa broke his left lower leg in two places at Eastlands against Manchester City.

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6 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Hey, he HAD his leg broken by DeJong.

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d be happy for him not to play this season, though it still really angers me that we have lost one of the brightest talents in Europe after having only seen him for 4 games.

    Does anybody know how Vouckic is getting on, is he fit now, surely he is worthy of the bench v Stoke. He at least has a physical presence.

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  • Jammydodger

    Mar 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t think confidence will be an issue with him, he appears to be aware of his own ability while remaining humble and not arrogant like ronaldo. I would much rather he was given a full pre season and gets some real strength back than us throw him to the wolves for another leg breaker.
    Vuckic i want to see in nolans role if nolans legs are tiring cam/cf/ss havent seen much of him but apparently has insane vision to pick out balls,
    Another thing pardew needs to stop tiote going forward which i think he may be telling him to do, He is the best holding mid ive seen come through in years anywhere, keep him doing what hes good at and allow nolan barton or whihc ever other mid we have to go forward and play hell. allows the best from both players, essien lampard makelele lampard xabi alonso gerrard masherano gerrard fellaini arteta etc etc and then he can rock up at the last minute with a 30 yard left footed volley !

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  • Sinner

    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Just seen it can take around a year before you can fully recover from broken tibia and fibula. 🙁

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  • gorskino10

    Mar 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Thing is when we finish the season pretty much a month latter they are back in Pre-Season, so tbh i would think from a Morale point that i would tell him to stay and get fitter and fitter over this time a NEW season a NEW start it may stop the worries of his leg creaping back if its a new season to get involved with and in pre season they would bed ALL players in gently and may be even better for him to get back to match practice.

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  • clinta2

    Mar 11, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Benny is a great talent, but I think he’ll be an expensive flop at nufc. I don’t think he’ll be the same player when he eventually comes back and will only play a bit part for us for the remainder of his contract.

    A bit of vintage nufc- really hope I’m wrong though.

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