Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said a few weeks back that he thought Ben Arfa could return for the Liverpool game a week come Sunday, but it looks like the Frenchman will not make that game.
Hatem Ben Arfa – could feature in last 3 games of seaosn – maybe
It seems the best Newcastle fans can expect, is for the lad to feature in the last 3 games of the season, the home games against Birmingham (May 7th) and West Bromwich Albion (May 22nd), and the game at Stamford Bridge (May 15th), which is sandwiched between the two.
Ben Arfa was injured on October 3rd last year at Eastlands, and is coming back from what was a very serious double fracture of his left leg – the good one unfortunately.
Ben Arfa has now been back in training for a couple of weeks at Newcastle, and hopefully is slowly getting to the point where he can be used as a substitute in a game, and possibly the home game against Birmingham, which Newcastle just have to win.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the exciting French midfielder:
“He has certainly been working this week,” “We think actually the last three games is a possibility and we are just going to leave it at that, featuring him in some part of those three.”
Ben Arfa, 24, signed permanently for Newcastle in January, for an undisclosed fee, and he was very keen to join the Magpies, and is already a darling of the Newcastle fans, who fully appreciate his great football skills.
However, we all probably shouldn’t hold our breath that he will necessarily feature for the Magpies this season, and the most important thing is for the lad to fully recover before he plays again.
However, on the other hand, it would also be good if he can get onto the pitch, before the end of the season and the long summer break.
We’ll see what happens, but it looks like manager Pardew and the Newcastle medical staff are doing the exact right thing, and not hurrying the mercurial player back too soon.