We really hope it’s not serious but it seems Ben Arfa’s American tour is over.
Ben Arfa – will fly back to Newcastle
Hatem Ben Arfa sustained an injury to his left ankle after 30 minutes of last night’s game against Sporting Lisbon, following another strong tackle on the Frenchman.
That’s the same leg that he broke in two places last October 3rd at Eastlands, in the Premier league game against Manchester City.
Newcastle have reported that the French International immediately went to a local hospital for a precautionary x-ray, although no news was given about the results of that x-ray.
But Ben Arfa will take no further part in the American tour and will fly home to Newcastle to get treatment, and that means Newcastle have lost three palyers – Danny GGuthrie, Shane Ferguson and now Ben Arfa in their first two pre-season matches.
We’ve still got at least four pre-season games to go – so heaven knows who will be missing for the first games against Arsenal on 13th August.
To say Newcastle don’t have a big enough squad is now starting to look more and more true, especially if the Tyneside club keep picking up injuries like this.
The Newcastle club are saying the French International will fly home tomorrow and the injury will be further assessed over the next 48 hours.
That’s not great news, to say the least, and this will be the big news on last night’s game.