Great Boost For Everyone To Have Ben Arfa Back

Alan Pardew has talked about having Hatem Ben Arfa back in Newcastle tomorrow, and it’s exactly six months to the day, since he suffered a double fracture of his left leg at Eastlands.

Ben Arfa – Pardew will take no chances with this youngster

And as we reported yesterday, Pardew sees the skilled midfielder playing in a central attacking role next season for Newcastle, in a classic number 10 role.

But Alan Pardew has been very non committal about Ben Arfa even playing at all this season, and that;s a sensible approach, after the boy has had so much time away from the game.

Maybe he can be gradually introduced as a sub for the last 15 minutes or so, of Newcastle’s last few games.

And it would be great to be at St. Jame’s Park when he’s first brought back onto the pitch as a sub, because he will get a huge ovation from the Newcastle faithful, which he will probably never forget.

And news today that both Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have visited Ben Arfa in France during his recovery, so that’s good to hear.

PSG doctor Eric Roland has advised the Newcastle coaches to be “extra vigilant” in the way they bring back the French International, and it certainly seems Alan Pardew has taken that advice to heart.

Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:

“It’ll be a great boost for everyone to have him back on Monday. But he’s some way off still,”

“He’s coming back to get the end of his rehab in and around the players, to get a sense of the club again because obviously he’s been away for a while now.”

“We want him to get embedded with us before he starts playing football again. His recovery and rehab will be here.”   “I would like to say we won’t need him before the end of the season,”

“Looking at the last three games – those would be the ones you look at and say ‘Well maybe he’s going to be all right for them’.”

“He might be desperate to play in that last game. Some people are desperate not to go through the whole summer without playing a game.”

It’s important that Ben Arfa comes back slowly and surely, and the last thing we want to happen is to rush the lad back.

And with Newcastle’s fine win yesterday,  there shouldn’t be any urgent reason to rush him  back, and it may be the fans have to wait until next season to witness the sublime skills of this great young player.

If that’s how it turns out, then so be it.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t wait to see him on the pitch again after what must have been a terrible ordeal and frustrating wait.

    Well done lads yesterday – really proud and I’m sure we can now push on to secure our PL status for next season with 3 more points, hopefully away against villa in style!

    Looking forward to an exciting transfer window which promises much – here’s hoping it delivers as we’re 3-4 players of great team with excellent depth, especially with the likes of Ferguson, Ranger, Lua Lua etc. coming through – could be an excellent season next year!

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    the lads all stepped up and did their jobs as men – can’t ask for anything more, well done – they are not all top class (some not PL class) but if they play to their ability then we are a good solid upper mid table side – so lets enjoy the moment, we’ve waited long enough for it, but let’s not get carried away.

    we had almost achieved task 1 – stayed in the PL
    now we must achieve task 2 – success in the PL !

  • DarloGeordie

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    The ups and downs at NUFC, last week I was so down about the situation then a 4-1 win and the mention of HBA back in the toon…… can’t wipe the smile off me face.

    Great news he is back and what a great result yesterday 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    hoping the scum lose today, so I can say I had a perfect weekend. 😀

  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Spuggy – well said
    4 out 5-6 in plus maturing youngsters, a good youth system and a great scouting network – it is begining to look very good
    from what I’ve seen this year there are 5 top teams then the rest – and we can be top of the rest next year
    some of that top 5 need to rebuild (chelski are getting old, spurs perpetual flux, arsenal losing the plot, city erratic, manure solid but depending on rooney) so in the next couple of seasons we could be looking at a more equal top 7 0r 8 as revitalised liverpool & NUFC challenge!

    I keep saying on here that a cup will mark a big change for us – its in our blood, it will lift us up a notch & establish our reputation – I would love it, really love it!

    here’s to the future!

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    supermacnumber9 .. well said .. too many ups and downs over recent seasons for my liking.. hopefully we are turning the corner .. with investment in the summer we can push on to look like a decent side in the premiership instead of relegation fears .. keep it up lads .. one more win and I would say thats relegation worries gone and the team needs a pat on the back for looking like a solid premier team .. highlight this season was the 5-1 at sunderland .. followed by the 4-4 against arsenal .. some games and proves theres some fight in the lads .. now for sunderland to get beaten by man city to top off the week 🙂

  • Mags

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Great news and I canna wait to see him back on the pitch playing for us.

    Unlike a lot of other bloggers I think it would be good for him to get a couple of games under his belt this season.

  • sweendog

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    mags .. agreed at least this would give us an idea for next season how arfa could slot in as our creative midfielder for next season

  • Jammydodger

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully the medics have worked not just on repairing his leg but also strengthening it for the future

  • KazengaAsprilla

    Apr 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    The problem we have is we have a few players out with career threatening injuries, and although none of them look to be that serious i.e Gosling can now be treated whereas years ago it would end your career, Lua Lua is recovering from a broken leg, and ben arfa coming back from a double break, my point is there is a big chance these players will never be the same or reach that original ability or potential again…

  • Alberts_tash

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Some people are just glass half empty no matter what eh?

  • JonathonGutierrez

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope he at least has some playing time this season, even if its just 5 minutes in the last game. oh how ive missed him 🙂

  • Tanzy

    Apr 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Great win yesterday by the lads, was much needed, now Villa next away, another tough game that we need 3 points from.
    Players that wont play;
    Nolan – Suspended
    Tiote – Suspended
    Ireland – Illegible
    Lua Lua

    Wont what the team will be that we play
    Personally i would play the following 4-4-2







  • Drona

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    after that nutmeg by colo yesterday, i wouldn’t mind him playing in the midfield, and saylor can go defend XD

  • john DSOUZA

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Gr8 news

  • sheznufc

    Apr 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Tansy. What about Enrique? Guthrie will start, dependent on young Jose, Shane may be used on the left wing with Jonas on the right.

  • Darryl

    Apr 3, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Guthrie has a good game and you opt for Vuckic? Give over mate. Enrique might be back too.

  • Lynxie

    Apr 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    lets hope the lads give Villa a good humping and push the fickle bastards closer to the trap door. I for one will never forget the smug faces laughing at us as we slid out of the league with a whimper. It would just be pure poetic justice if it happened to them this season, and the dismantling of their side begins. First 20 minutes, silence the crowd, get them on Houllier’s back, the players get nervy, Toon to win 2-0. Love it, just love it!


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