Ben Arfa will miss at least the first two Premier League games of the season, against Arsenal at home on August 13th, and then local rivals Sunderland away on the following weekend.
Ben Arfa – relaxing in Kansas – before his ankle injury
The 24 year-old was stretched off last week in the pre-season game at Kansas City, and he will now be out another four weeks, before he can finally return to training
The official prognosis on the French International is that he could be back for the home game against Fulham on 27th August, and it appeared Ben Arfa has damaged the ligaments in his left ankle.
But Newcastle officials are relieved, if anything, because when the injury first happened, after just 30 minutes of the Sporting Kansas City game, it looked like he could be out for months rather than just weeks, so this in a way is good news for the club.
And it must be really frustrating for young Ben Arfa, who is so keen to show the local Newcastle fans just what he can do for the Magpies.
We’ll just have to be patient and hope Ben Arfa will return to the great form he showed us all last season, in the brief four appearances he made before he had that terrible double fracture of his left leg, at Manchester City.