Ben Arfa Set To Return To Newcastle In A Week


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..

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15 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Just let him work on his own fitness and get ready for next season. Absolutely no point in risking this bloke for the rest of this season. We have enough in the tank to survive the relegation threat already, assuming AP sorts out his stupid selections and tactics. Lets have a fresh 100% fit HBA for next season.

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  • kilcline

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Great News Doyle is out, pray for injuries to Jarvis and hope someone seriously hurts that animal next sat.

    We must beat wolves.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    u read the full article very good read, its says all the top french players have been so impressed with how much we hav looked after hba that some even asking him if they could come to newcastle to play, jus because of the level of commitment ashly n all hav club staff hav showed by goin out n visiting him on regular business

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    yea doyle out for a month or two

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  • Eaststander

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Finally Ashley gets something right. The treatment
    Of HBA has been exceptional

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  • danf98

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    davybtoon, where did you find the full article pal?

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  • PoolieToon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    That is some great news for HBA even if he just comes back to the squad just to train.

    A full recovery is more important than 90 mins this season but one or two impact substitutions in the last games would be good for morale in general.

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  • arfa chance

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning people. These two young players We have been linked with even though its the Sunday sun, are class. The Iceland striker seems to have good timing and has anyone seen Georginio Wijnaldum? Very fast tricky winger, haven’t seen him cross much though.

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  • thepict

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    This is worth a read blog.sundaysun.co.uk/2011/03/newcastle-united-wont-go-down.html

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  • alex84

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    well lets hope that’s true about other “top” players wanting to come here…Can’t wait to see Benny back!!

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  • john_cena163

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Howay lad’s finaly the KING RETURNS.

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  • danf98

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks very much davybtoon

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    For some reason I don’t beilieve it because they have said this about 5 times

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  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s nice to see that we’re receiving positive attention overseas. I’m sure there are those who will say Ashley was only there to check on his investment, but this whole episode has been handled brilliantly by the club, and even the owner. This may yet help when it comes to securing the signatures of French internationals or top players from other countries who ply their trade in France.

    Can’t wait to see this lad back in the black and white.

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