Ben Arfa Back In Training At Newcastle – Welcome Back!

The Newcastle players had the day off yesterday, following their fantastic 4-1 win against Wolves on Saturday.

Ben Arfa – happy again after a tough six months out

But they return to training today, to get ready for their next big test, which will be a tough game against Aston Villa at Villa Park this Saturday.

And there will be one important player reporting back to training this morning at 10:00 am local time, at the Benton training headquarters – the great Hatem Ben Arfa.

It is six calendar months last Sunday since Ben Arfa broke his left leg in two places, following what looked like a rather wild tackle from Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong, for which he didn’t even receive a yellow card.

That was back on Sunday, October 3rd at Eastlands, and it has taken all this time for Ben Arfa to be fit enough to train once again with the first team, so today is a special day.

The French International has already shown what a terrific player he can become at Newcastle, and fans just love to see players wear the famous black and white stripes, who have the sublime skills like Ben Arfa possesses.

The 8 times capped French International (2 goals) has four appearances so far for Newcastle, with one superb goal, scored against Everton, which still lives in the memory.

Maybe the goal this season is to have Ben Arfa, who signed a permanent four and half year deal at the club in January,  play a couple of games before the season ends, which is six weeks come Sunday, when Newcastle are at home to WBA.

It’s great for the fans to be able to welcome Ben Arfa back to Newcastle, and to compliment the 24 year-old on the courage and upbeat spirit he has shown since the terrible injury six months ago.

Welcome back!

18 comments so far

  • Burni

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Im excited to see this guy back in the Black and Whites but I STILL think he should and probs will be out til next season. At least I hope he is

  • Stuart

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Welcome back Benny lad, can’t wait to see him playing again like!

  • niafron

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    At least!

    Bonjour messieurs. FOr those of you who speak french, a french football show with HBA last week end.


    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I disagree, once we are safe I would like to see Benny back playing the last 20 minutes if possible (only if he is 100% fit). I think it would be good for his confidence to get back into a game as soon as possible.

    Am also looking forward to seeing him play again…just hope he is as good as he was before and doesnt have a leg break hang over.

    Also hope he keeps his attitude in check which may be a bigger issue

  • toonturtle

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t rush him back please. There’s nothing I want more to see him play again, but only when the time is right.

  • Davies

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    The physical rehabilitation seems to be going smoothly. I think once Benny gets into one of those nasty tackles and comes out unscathed we’ll see the confidence come back. Of course, that opinion comes from something Smudge said about the same thing happening to him, so there may yet be reason to fear the worst, but I don’t think so. This lad is mint.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    ASton Villa game is on Sunday ED

  • Solaidback

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I think if he playes any games, even in training, he needs to weat titanium shin pads & leg guards to stop him getting reinjured 😉 lol

  • daneevz

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    it is sunday indian aint it?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    We play Villa on Sunday it’s on Sky

  • russtoon

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    howdee peeps!!, just registered my details, always a pleasure and never a choir reading everyones opinions, although some are shite lol!!, will be leaving mine now so am ready for some grief lol

    Great to see HBA back training, shouldnt be rushed as not worth him being out again for such a lenghty spell, Welcome home benny boy!!

    Howay The LAds

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Welcome Home Son !!!! Will Be Awsome to See Him Play Maybe in the West Brom Game ?? Second Half Sub ???? Don’t Risk Him This season really as we have stayed up Job Done .

  • mikenotiades

    Apr 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Bonjour guys, grom my limited translation skills, he talks about playing in the hole behind a striker, he feels it will give him great responsibility and he hopes he can use it to help the French national team in the same position. He talks about the importance of having his good friends and family around him and he has good friends at Newcastle who have given him good support, he just wants to get back playing and help out his club… The french panel on the program saw it as a rebirth for the lad and see him as an integral part of the National side when he’s fit again….

  • TravelledToon

    Apr 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets not rush him back, remember what happened with Gosling. Cant wait for him to be fully fit next season for our push for Europe!

  • neblexa

    Apr 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    I can confirm his safe arrival. I was pretty much sat next to him last night on the flight from Paris. I assume Ashley organised his flight as it was easyjet. He seemed in good spirits, that was until the north east wind hit him when he walked off the lane.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Welcome back King Arfa.

  • Expat MAG

    Apr 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    No point in rushing him back until he’s ready; King Arfa is a star in the making!

    Welcome home bonny lad……


    Apr 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #18

    great to see hba back. great to also speak about the lads making a possible push for europe. but at the risk upsettin people, we shouldnt really entertain him coming back at all this season, not worth it. if he is fit to return, he’ll need match sharpness, this will take a good few games and we aint got that many left. lets get him training and fully up to speed ready for next seasons pre season


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