Great To See Ben Arfa Back In Training – Almost Lost His Leg

We had mentioned earlier this morning that Hatem Ben Arfa would be back training with the first team today, and the first photos of the French International are out, and it’s great to see this boy back in Toon.

Ben Arfa – joins in the training today

The French international forward has been sidelined for just over six months, with a double fracture of the left leg, and fans are hopping he has made a full and complete recovery.

But in the past Alan Pardew has been hesitant to use the player at all this season, until he proves he’s completely and 100% fit again, and that’s a good policy, because why risk him when he will also have the summer to recuperate, and Newcastle are hardly now in much relegation danger.

The Newcastle official site is reporting that Ben Arfa took part in a warm-up with the rest of the squad this morning, and then did a series of running and ball work away from the main group, but under the supervision of Newcastle’s watchful medical staff.

This is what Ben Arfa told the Newcastle site today:

“It is great to back in Newcastle and back with the lads.”

“I joined in with the warm-up this morning and managed to do a bit of light training on my own, and it was good to see the rest of the players after such a long time.”

“I will be continuing to follow my rehabilitation program now I am back in Newcastle, and would like to thank the fans for their support while I have been out injured.”

“It has been a difficult period without football, but I am pleased with how my recovery has gone and look forward to pulling on a black and white shirt again and getting back onto the St. James’ Park pitch.”

Ben Arfa showing he’s lost none of that terrific skill

We had mentioned last Friday that it would be good if Ben Arfa could report back after a win against Wolves, and Newcastle not only got the 3 points on Saturday, but came away from St. James’ Park with an emphatic 4-1 victory, and throughly deserved all 3 points.

The lads turned in a gutsy and skilled performance when the chips were down, with Joey Barton again leading the way, and Nolan, Ameobi, Lovenkrands and Gutierrez all scoring for the black and whites.

Ben Arfa had initial surgery on the injury in October in Manchester, but several weeks later developed an infection which required another operation to prevent the infection from spreading, which would not have only threatened his leg, but possibly his life as well, if truth be told.

Ben Arfa talked about this rather dire situation:

“I needed a second operation because I had an infection,” “It was a big infection which could have been very dangerous.”

“I was told that I could have had my leg cut off if they didn’t operate on me very quickly.”

That second operation took place in Paris in November, but was not revealed until January, and it must have been a huge scare to the 24 year-old at the time, because of course things become very serious once an infection is allowed to spread.

But other good news today is that Joey Barton is now keen to sign a new deal at Newcastle, after putting in another Man of the Match performance for the Magpies against Wolves, and things may be starting to look up at the Tyneside club.

With Ben Arfa back in Toon, maybe the sun is starting to shine again on the club Newcastle – we certainly hope so.

Comments very welcome.

PS – the sun was indeed shining in Newcastle today as witnessed in the above photos. 😀

19 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Apr 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Great to see him back, cant wait to see him in black n white shirt again!!

    Didn’t realise he nearly lost his leg tho.

    Scary thought!

  • hainesy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Not at all on topic and not even our club but the last line of this poor article is HILARIOUS in context 🙂 Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham has been ruled out for up to six months with knee ligament damage.

    Higginbotham suffered the setback in the closing stages of the 1-1 home draw against Chelsea on Saturday and a series of scans have revealed the full extent of the injury.

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis told the Sentinel: “It’s a rupture and I’m devastated for the kid. It’s a big blow for the team because Danny had just come back into the side and was doing so well.

    “Hopefully he will return to training by the back end of pre-season but it’s hard to be precise right now.

    “We look after our own at this club, so once he gets over the shock of the injury, Danny knows he will be getting the best possible care and treatment.”

    Higginbotham will now miss Stoke’s FA Cup semi-final against Bolton at Wembley in two weeks time.

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Is that Gary Neville in the 2nd picture

  • pearceet

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Great shout!

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Good To See Him Back in Training !!!!!!! Things are on The Up !!!!!! Welcome Home Son !!!!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Tremendous pictures. We’ve got, potentially, one of the best players in world football!!

  • chuck

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Soh ! whats Pardew gonna do when he`s faced with picking a side from around eight healthy midfielders ?
    Little bit of steel combined with a bit of flair, muscle and skill combined with a bit of pace, eh !
    Hell we have`nt signed anyone yet and already i`m feeling sorry for the sides we are about to face.
    Could we make the Champions group or will we have to settle for the EUAFA bunch ?
    Apparently Enrique does`nt realize he`s going to be watching the magpies and saying, shit why did i leave, i coulda been a contender i coulda been competing for silverware, ah well !
    The Three Caballeros, know whats going on, (Ashley, Llambias & Pardew) gonna be raking in the dough and kicking ass, all season long .
    Aint it grand to be back in the saddle so to speak.

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I just hope he can be the same player as leg breaks can wreck players careers. Just take Smith for instance, was becoming a regular for Manure and in an instant his chance is gone and he is never the same player again. Looks like he had lost a bit of weight from the video I had watched of him earlier on. Welcome back Benny boy HWTL!

  • gorskino10

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    We signed him now and the goal and way he scored at Everton was more than enough to see his class, just dont rush him back we need him for next season, not this.

  • chuck

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Ermm ! he`s not gonna die is he ?
    …and in an instanthis chance is gone and is never the same player again….
    How depressing can you be Andy ?

  • Andy

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #11

    sorry to put a dampener on things, guess i’m just a glass half empty kind of guy. This is what supporting NUFC for years does to people haha. Does anyone know how good his english is?

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Smith’s break incorporated his ankle and ligaments.
    HBA’S break involved no ligament/joint damage, hence he will be fine physically.
    The slight doubt however could be his mental recovery from such a bad injury.

  • colwell

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Exactly Tonygreensupreme Ben Arfa will not lose any speed or movement at all, his leg will be stronger.
    I did the same injury after my rehab my leg was alot stronger and if anything I was even quicker. I do find I pull out of challenges more though I imagine Benny will do the same.

  • chuck

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Thats like “his legs o`k but but his head may be f***ed up”
    Ermm ! nice to hear another optomistic point of view !

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Personally I think he will be fine, it’s not as though we are relying on him to make 50/50 challenges.

    His pace and strength will not be affected.

    If fit, give him the last 5 mins of the WBA game in order to reignite his passion and build his confidence.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I am very optimistic regarding HBA, but naturally there will be the emotional fear to combat.
    He will need Tiote to give him some special treatment in training lol.

  • mikenotiades

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #17

    TonyGreen, hahaha might actually work.

  • thepict

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Great to see him back. Can’t see him playing before next season.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #19

    he GAIN weight. look a bit fat


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