Ben Arfa Unlikely To Be Fit For Start Of The Season


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.

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44 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    well it never rains………..

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I personally think that referees are gonna have their work cut out when Ben Arfa is playing, They better make sure they give him plenty of protection cos all the hatchet men in the Premier League are gonna be trying to kick lumps out of him. They better look after him this year!

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    2 matches so far, 3 injuries. How many will be injured tonight?? Sometimes it feels like we’re cursed.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, you gotta work on your headlines as this one is a little bit misleading.

    To me, the start of the season can get more than a month. LOL

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Just as well we have this big squad to cope then isn’t it.

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    We have to be one of the unluckiest teams there is when it comes to injuries, always seems to be an important player or a player who is on form. Unfortunately these are things that you can’t really avoid but a little strenth in depth would soften the blow a little. Are you listening MA?

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  • thai-mag

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    why am I not surprised at this news why does pardew just keep his mouth shut till doctors find out the real damage,

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  • jimiley

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    The new Dyer. Just as well we have a big squad which is not injury prone viz Gosling (not played for two years) and Ba (seriously dodgy knee). I hope our strikers will score more goals this season eg Stroller and Best (remember we sold our two top goalscorers and have not replaced them) otherwise we might be in serious …. Mike’s gambling again but the fall guy will be Pardoo his puppet. Owners get rid of puppets when they get bored with them

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    We may have to start shouting about the safety of players, like a certain Mr Wenger

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  • Great… looks like another day for the Doom Mongers to Roam free on the blog.

    1 Player does not make a Team.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Zog maybe 10mill+Routledge which is no chance of happening

    Ben Arfa will have atleast half a season full of injuries probably a full season. He will be targeted in matches obviously and will pick up knocks. Shame he won’t play Arsenal though because they play ball in the right way.

    Ah well stick Gutti in Benny’s spot if needs be he did very well there last season against Chelsea

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  • Would be ironic if we were to shout out for Protection on players when we have our very own Hulk in Tiote.

    And before some of the simpleton keyboard warriors on this blog jump on me, Im not saying Tiote will go around with the intention of hurting players like a Certain De Jong.Im saying he is an unstoppable force that would scare the sh!t out of any sane man with his hulking pressence.

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    If nzogbia was here i would’nt be worried that he got injurd . .so MA get the cheick book out 7.5 mil +routledge worth a try

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Ben Arfa WILL play against Arsenal, im keeping the faith, its still around 3 weeks away, he should at least be fit to smash the unwashed

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Sign Sulejmani from Ajax, cheaper than Zog and could fill in for Arfa easily!

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  • jimiley

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    A really good player who is available is the ex Manure player who they signed from Munich. The Canadian with the curly hair He is a bit injury prone but would do a great job for us. Would prob cost nowt as well which is a bonus.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimiley, he would be on a free, which means he’ll cost approx between 20-25 million haha.

    Seriously though that sulejmani is class, cant believe hes still in the dutch league

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  • geoff777

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Ben Arfa won’t play against Arsenal.

    He’s going to have his foot up for three weeks then start light training.

    Then he’ll need to get match fit.

    Be realistic.

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  • cousto

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19

    You not heard Châteauneuf?

    MA is selling Tiote to Chelsea for some signage space at Stamford Bridge, unlimited drink refills and a packet of chocolate hob nobs everytime he visits.

    As for benny boy, he’s just gone back to clairfontaine as they have the facilities to help him heal quickly (he’ll be in an oxygen bath to saturate his cells with O2 which will increase the healing process), he hasn’t got the distraction of players getting ready for the start of the season, so he won’t be pushed to risk further injury and a major plus, they speak his language.

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  • archaeomag

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    The club needs its own hospital wing, as well as it’s own probation officer.
    & who apart from the papers is saying MA wants to spend £mils on N’zog?

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #21

    @Jimiley- Owen Hargreaves, you my friend have lost the plot. Injury prone is putting it lightly, not to mention he’s on a free which means he would cost us at least 10million… He was a great DM at one time but injuries have cost him his career, even on a pay as you play he would represent a massive risk and for a club with our history of bad injuries we’re a match made in hell.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Hope we give him a month rest, even if he’s fit dont play him against the dirty scums.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    @geoff777

    cheer up ya moody get haha

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  • barryvenison

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Looks like Shola will be our playmaker, Jonas will be our LB, Loverman will be our RW and Raylor will be our RB. Thank goodness for this massive squad. Exciting times ahead….

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Ben Arfa won’t play again this season…..I just wanted to join in the fun of speculation 😀

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Not a 1 man team AP is setting his team out to cater for HBA as main man.

    HBA is only a minor problem for us.We need to find 25 goals from somewhere and fast.To all the blind who think we are going to finish 10th or above you are living in cuckoo land.With this squad we will be fighting relegation.

    We need a top striker + Nzogbia + LB (i would be happy if this happened but with MA i am only dreaming.

    A very concerned Mag.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #27

    the way we are going on it sounds as if the only player we could purchase to replace injured HBA is Messi haha

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  • cousto

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Time for Abeid to step up… wait he didn’t cost anything so he’ll be sh**e. Oh well that’s us relegated.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Quite Simple:

    You must be flipping joking! Sulamani is no comparison to Ben Arfa! Yes we could sign him without problem and he would,nt cost too much!
    He is, however a crap player and would,nt be up to Newcastle,s standards.
    There are much better players across here in Holland.
    See if you can come up with someone better coz i certainly can!

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #30

    We only need MA to sell Tiote (at 11.30 Aug31st)Enrique & Barton and we would of lost 5 of our best players from last year.

    Whats the problem we have the French foreign legion to replace them.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    LOL Cousto, end of the world aaaahhhhhh

    Seriously good shout, Abeid could do a job there, he can leave a couple of players on their a*ses and play a decent ball

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  • CLOIN

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Cousto

    Get real man.You cannot expect a kid who was playing reserve team football in France to play a full season in the premiership after looking good against Darlington ffs.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #33

    @29 From what ive seen hes a very good tricky winger, a step up from routledge, and would cost about 4-5mill, which is in our bracket, couldnt think of anyone else over there good enough for the price we would pay.

    Also Royston Drenthe would be available as well, and cheap

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  • cousto

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Abeid is chomping at the bit to get a chance. was speaking to him on Facebook (yes it really is him) and he said that Hatem (his good mate) went to clairfontaine as their are no medical staff back at NUFC at the moment and it’s a familiar environment (his english really is that good) and he knows the people there.
    Mehdi says he wants his chance and will be challenging Hatem all season, which I see as a good thing as Benny will have to give his all every game to avoid losing his place.

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  • cousto

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #35

    CLOIN like a guy who played a few games for Bolton is our next number 9?

    Give the kid a few games and see what he can do.

    If football was run by the negs on here, Shearer would probably still be zapping around in his zimmer.

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  • quitesimple

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Right this is the team i would play

    ————gosling
    harper gutierrez ben arfa best
    collocinni ameobi lovenkrands krul
    ———barton enrique

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37

    no quotes atributed to anyone from nufc in that post you just makin that up yourself ed

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  • Toonbyblood

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Toonfan76: good point. I’d even say Pards should review refs that take charge of our games, especially when we play the rougher teams.

    At least until HBA finds his feet in prem.

    Def don’t want another Dyer… He’s still injured.

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  • NufcJack94

    Jul 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #39

    im not sure gosling will be good enough to start this season

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Jul 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #40

    VIVE LA REVOLUTION,just cos people have difrent opions to yourself doesnt make them simpletons u PRICK

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