Where is Hatem Ben Arfa these days?
Ben Arfa – after picking up the ankle injury
He’s back in Clairfontaine, the top French Football Academy near Paris, recovering from the ankle injury he picked up against Sporting Kansas, and again it was caused by a rather over the top physical challenge.
Ben Arfa will miss the first two games of the season which are a little tough – Arsenal at home on August 13th and local rivals Sunderland away the following weekend.
We suppose he goes to France to recover from his injuries because they have a lot more facilities over there, than exist at Newcastle.
But if that’s the case and Newcastle want to become a top club again, there’s probably a hint there that the Newcastle medical facilities could be improved.
Newcastle are now waiting word from France as to when the 24 year-old will return to Newcastle, because if he cannot play, at least he can be with his team mates, and he saw very little of them over the last twelve months.
His advisor Simon Stainrod told The Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It’s a normal kind of injury that footballers get. I don’t think it’s anything out of the ordinary, people are just concentrating on it because Hatem was out for so long last season.”
Thankfully the injury was not serious, but Newcastle must be a little worried as to how they can protect one of the most skillful players they’ve had for a while, since he seems to be a target for some rough tackling, that’s for sure.
And we don’t really want to see him disappearing after an injury to France all the time, so maybe some investment in new medical facilities would be a good thing on Tyneside.