Some disappointing new in the Newcastle Journal this morning.
Hatem Ben Arfa – out another six weeks?
They are reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa will still be out for another six weeks with his ankle injury.
When the injury happened in America, we were told it would be about four weeks, and that Hatem would miss the first two games of the season, against Arsenal and Sunderland.
But now it looks like he’ll miss a lot more games and will not be back until mid-September at best.
So he could miss the first four games of the season, and be ready for the trip to Aston Villa on 17th September, or else the home game against Blackburn Rovers one week later on September 24th.
That’s a pity since the youngster was just getting back to some of his best form.
And finally, some good news for a change, and as we reported last night, 25 year-old Spanish striker Xisco is ready to join his former club Deportivo in a permanent deal, and Newcastle will get his £50K/week wages off the books.