Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa is due to return to training on September 10th.
Hatem Ben Arfa – back training in three weeks
Ben Arfa broke his leg last October 3rd, following a strong tackle from Nigel de Jong, very early in the game at Manchester City.
The 24 year-old then returned to pre-season training in early July, but was then carried off in the first game of the American tour, against Sporting Kansas on 20th July.
But the good news is that it looks like the damage to his ankle is ligament trouble, and nothing to do with the break he sustained last October.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the injury last night:
“We’ve had some positive news about Hatem – the second consultation has come back the same as the first – the break is fine and it’s a ligament problem.”
“I still haven’t seen him play a competitive game yet in my time here.”
Alan Pardew has set the date of September 10th for Ben Arfa’s return to full training, and it will probably take him a couple of weeks after that to be fit enough to play in the first team.
That means that Ben Arfa could return for the home game against Blackburn on September 24th.
It will be interesting to see where Alan Pardew plays the skillful French International, but in the past the manager has said he intends to use Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker, just behind Demba Ba or Shola Ameobi up front.
It will be great to have Ben Arfa back in the side, and the youngster must be very frustrated with the injuries he’s sustained while on Tyneside.