Alan Pardew will find out soon enough what the extent of Hatem Ben Arfa’s ankle injury is.
Ben Arfa – out for three weeks?
But it’s obvious that Ben Arfa will come in for special treatment from opposing defenses, simply becasue of his skills, and we have to hope he’s not being injured all the time.
Newcastle fans again had to witness the 24 year-old being carried off on a stretcher again on Wednesday night in Kansas, but the initial word was that was a a precaution.
Ben Arfa should be back in Newcastle now, and that ankle is being looked at closely, to see just how bad it is.
The striker was sent to a local hospital in Kansas on Wednesday evening for a scan, and whatever they saw was enough for Pardew to send the lad home the next day, and he will miss the rest of the American tour.
Unfortunately the injury is to the same leg he broke in two places last season, after a wild tackle from Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong, and it’s the leg he does all the damage with.
He uses the right leg just to stand on and keep his balance.
Alan Pardew said last night:
“There was shock at the time. When you’ve gone through what he went through last year, that’s understandable.”
“His demons will be there for a while, but we think he’s fine. We sent him for a precautionary X-ray, but we think he’s OK.”
We should get to know some time today the extent of the injury, but the rumors are that it may not be too bad, and he could be out for up to three weeks.
We’ll see later today if there’s any truth in that, and of course the first game against Arsenal is three weeks tomorrow.