News today in the local Newcastle press that Ben Arfa has travelled back to France for further treatment on his injured ankle.
Hatem Ben Arfa – while in Kansas City
Ben Arfa was injured after 30 minutes of Newcastle’s first game on the American tour last Wednesday at Sporting Kansas City.
Ben Arfa jetted home to Newcastle on Thursday, and was accompanied by Newcastle club physio Derek Wright.
News today that Ben Arfa has now flown back to France for treatment at the famous Clairefontaine Academy just south of Paris, where ben Arfa did the bulk of his recovery from his broken left leg.
Unfortunately it’s now the left ankle that has been damaged.
The French International is due to see a specialist in Paris this weekend, and Ben Arfa is now wearing a protective cast on his left ankle, and the initial prognosis is that he will be out anywhere from three weeks.
The ankle swelled up a lot, but it would appear the injury is not as serious as first thought, but another injury to a place close to where he broke his leg in two places, is hardly good news.
It could be that we get an official prognosis on the injury over the weekend, and we have to hope he’s only out for about three weeks.
But with the first Premier League game three weeks today against Arsenal at St. James’ Park, it would appear he will not be fit for the start of the season.
And it seems the French International will get all his treatment at Clairefontaine rather than at Newcastle, and we have to think he’s so valuable to French football, that the authorities want to ensure he gets the very best treatment.