It was bound to happen – that there would be rumors spreading that Newcastle’s Ben Arfa may never return from his double leg fracture.
Ben Arfa – will comeback on July 4th
So it’s good news that manager Alan Pardew has come out today, and blasted those rumors in the Sunday Sun.
This is what Alan said:
“I would dismiss that straight away. I don’t see any problem with him coming back just as good as he was.”
“You’re talking about a really bad break. And I think we were buoyed by his last visit because he was a lot, lot better within himself.”
“I think anyone who has suffered an injury like that, you’ve got to give him time, you’ve got to understand what is happening.” “You don’t rush it and we won’t with Ben Arfa.”
I have some idea what Ben Arfa is going through, since back in April of 1969 I broke my left leg in two places – clean through and both bones – playing at Hillsborough for the English Universities against the England Amateur side – and I didn’t return to playing until December – about eight months.
When it happened, I was completely stunned and will never forget seeing my lower left leg swinging freely as I fell, and when I was on the ground, the left leg was not straight but went off at a peculiar angle.
I knew there was something wrong, but was already in complete shock.
Anyway, those serious breaks take some getting over, and it’s really not surprising that Ben Arfa has taken so long to come back, after such a serious injury.
“I know we made noises that he might play in those last three games but realistically, I never gave him a chance.”
“I was trying to keep the boy’s head up to be honest. I don’t want him to see negative press so I said he might play in those three games.
“But I thought I was doing the right thing for Hatem, so that he genuinely felt he had a chance because he was quite low about his training, his workrate and everything.
“Once he knew he wasn’t going to make the games he probably accepted that and now he is aiming to be ready for July 4.”
There’s no doubt that Newcastle took two huge risks on players over the last year, when they signed both Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling when they both were recovering from very serious injuries.
We just have to hope that both lads are back to their best when pre-season rolls around, and if that’s the case Newcastle have made two very good buys.
Not too long to wait now either, since training starts up again on July 4th, which is just over five weeks away.