Hatem Ben Arfa’s season may be over.
Ben Arfa – suffered a set-back in training today
There was some hope that Ben Arfa could make the last couple of games this season, so at least the lad would play again before the end of the season, following his horrific double leg fracture suffered in early October at Eastlands.
But apparently the Frenchman is reported to have had a slight mishap in training at Benton today and is probably out for the season.
Mike Williamson broke his arm today in training, and is out for the rest of the season, and now Alan Pardew has issued this statement regarding Ben Arfa:
“We think that’s probably not going to happen now. He’s had a little setback,”
“That’s what happens when you come back from that sort of injury, so I think that’s unlikely.”
It seems the Newcastle training may resemble the Navy SEALS training from all the injuries that we’ve seen come out of the Newcastle training this year.
This new news means that today in training alone, Newcastle may have lost two players for the rest of the season.
However, in Ben Arfa’s case it may even be a good thing, because the last thing we want is for the gifted French International to return too quickly and suffer a huge setback.
Much better that the former Marseilles star have another couple of months off, and come back ready to go in pre-season in early July.
It still may be possible for Dan Gosling to return before the end of the season, but with only three games and a little more than two weeks left now, that too may be unlikely.
Alan Pardew may still be able to find 11 fit players to turn out against Birmingham on Saturday. 😀