Hatem Ben Arfa is set to return to Newcastle a week tomorrow, and that’s got to be good news for the Newcastle club and the fans too.
Ben Arfa – returns to Newcastle in a week
It would also be great if Newcastle can get a win against Wolves before that time, and news yesterday that Wolves will be without their main striker Kevin Doyle, who picked up a serious knee injury yesterday, during Ireland’s 2-1 win against Macedonia, and could even miss the rest of the season.
Ben Arfa was injured in early October at the Eastlands Stadium, so has already been out for six months, but exactly when Alan Pardew will let him play again in the Newcastle first team, is anybody’s guess.
Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley visited the player in France last week, and that’s good to hear, and it appears that Newcastle have handled the lad’s serious injury with great professionalism and care over the last six months.
His English adviser Simon Stainrod told the Sunday Sun today:
“At the moment I believe the plan is for Hatem to return a week on Monday and he can’t wait to be back and part of it.”
“He’s been working very hard after the initial setbacks and the staff at the French national football centere Clairefontaine have been great, Newcastle have been great and it’s just a case of playing it by ear now.”
“Getting back to Newcastle is a big step for Hatem. The doctors are just telling him to take it one day at a time but I can speak for him when I say he’s desperate to help Newcastle in any way he can.”
It could be that the player still doesn’t make his comeback until early May, and of course it would help if Newcastle can get a couple of wins soon, and make certain of their place in the Premier League next season.
We’ve been impressed with Ben Arfa in many ways since he arrived on Tyneside, and it seems the 24 year old is just anxious to help Newcastle in any way he can.
Hopefully Ben Arfa shouldn’t worry too much about that this season, but the classy player could help Newcastle get into the top six in the Premier League next season – that’s where Newcastle would love to be next year at this time.
But this is good news on the French International today, and he will be welcomed back very warmly by the Newcastle fans, who have taken to this player big time since he arrived last August..