Great news from France, that Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa has been given a clean bill of health by the medical staff at the French Football Academy at Clairefontaine, just south of Paris.
Hatem Ben Arfa – now fully fit according to French medics
It seems that Ben Arfa got the go-ahead around two weeks ago in France, and he is now fully fit, and will return to training at Newcastle a week tomorrow, when pre-season training starts on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew had kept saying that Ben Arfa would be a big player for Newcastle next season, and that he planned to play him in the laid back position behind the main striker – a position captain Kevin Nolan has played with significant success these last two seasons.
So there were questions about where would Kevin play next season, but of course he is now no longer at Newcastle, having joined West Ham United on a bumper contract recently.
Ben Arfa’s English-based adviser Simon Stainrod has continually talked of Newcastle’s excellent handling of the youngster during his long recovery, and Newcastle got great press in France on how they have managed one of France’s most promising young stars, back to fitness.
Simon has today talked to the Sunday Sun with some positive news:
“Hatem has been signed off the sick list and has been for a couple of weeks.” “He’s doing fine – he’s on holiday at the moment but he’s absolutely desperate to get back in among things.”
“He’ll be back at Newcastle for the start of pre-season and while nothing is ever certain with anyone, he’ll really benefit from a full pre-season.”
“The end of the season has come at a good time for him,” “The break has given him a little bit of space.” “There’s no pressure on him, people aren’t asking him when he’s coming back all the time and I think that has helped.”
There was also a big scare for the lad when he had to have a second emergency operation in Paris last November, after the leg had become infected, after first being set in early October.
And it seemed rather serious, but that seocnd operation was a complete success, and we think Alan Pardew was right not to bring him back last season, but let him have a few more weeks to fully recover.
We just love this player, and even more so now, after the courage and dedication the 24 year-old he has shown in getting himself back to full fitness.
It will be terrific to have Ben Arfa back in full training a week tomorrow, and we’re sure the Newcastle fans will give this brave youngster a great welcome back to Newcastle.
He certainly deserves it.