Positive News On Hatem Ben Arfa


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Pardew plays the skillful French International,  but in the past the manager has said he intends to use Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker, just behind Demba Ba or Shola Ameobi up front.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.

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59 comments so far

  • Ameobi No.9

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope he comes back fit and strong

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Good news it’s not affected his break. Will probably give him a bit more confidence in a tackle knowing he got clattered but the break held up

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d target Blackburn at home (24th).

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  • So a month till he will be included in the team. Good news?

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  • Really peed off. nothing on the German news about our great win today. 🙁

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  • Spike

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #6

    “the manager has said he intends to use Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker, just behind Demba Ba or Shola Ameobi up front”

    Or a new striker? We have waited 7 months so far for a new one, and with only a few days to go Pardew seems to have forgotten that

    Good result today. Could have been great though!

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  • Robin_S

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah he will not be risked in tough games though like stoke Man city wolves

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Cabt wait for Hatem to get back 🙂 its games like the one earlier where we need a player like Hatem. With him back in the team i think 7th is a real possibility 🙂

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    @ gg

    The Ben arfa’s story with Marseille was totaly different of the Maiga’s one.

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Well, 24th isn’t really a good news, but at least, it’s better than don’t knowing…

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Next 2 games are 2 very winnable games. Fulham home and qpr away. Hope we don’t rest our laurels on this good start and really kick on. No reason why we can’t win both of those games

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #12

    And about the discussion concerning Tiote, as i was saying some post earlier, his bad shape is maybe due to the fast of Ramadan.

    It’s maybe also true for Ba. I’m not sure wether they fast or not (for many muslim professional sportsmen don’t do it), but it would be a good explanation.

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Not sure if tiote is muslim. Pretty sure i saw him blessing himelf before. Also tiote was much better second half. Must of been told he had to step his performance up because last 30 minutes or so he was good

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #14

    In fact, i don’t even know if Tiote is a muslim for half the people only are muslim in Ivory coast. His first name is a muslim name, so it’s a good clue…

    @Andy

    Well, don’t know, the team was lucky. Only one goal in two game, so four point with that, it’s almost a bank robbery…

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #15

    People from north ivory coast are muslim. Those of the south are christian.

    Tiote is from Yamoussokro… in the middle of the country!
    I got no idea wether or not it’s possible for a christian guy to be called Cheik in Ivory coast.

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Good start in the sense of 4 points. 1 goal scored but none conceded which is a good sign. It gives us a base. Winning when not particuarly playing well is great for confidence.

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Well impossible to have an answer without asking, for, even if he’s muslim he don’t necessary fast.

    Is it a way to ask? Maybe on Barton’s tweeter!

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Sure Andy, but the way the team play is also important. So i don’t have change my mind:

    The team will be in difficulty until Fall, then, she will start to play better.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Geordie German …Left a comment for you on the Pardew and staff celebrate heading .., Still Laughing !

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Niafron

    Hello Mon amie, Good to see you . Arsene Wenger is having a bad time ,,He’s a proud man and looks very stressed out today ..I think he Play’s his Football in the right way, and has a good philosophy . Always wished he would Manage Newcastle some day .

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Niafron i’d say results should be priority – performance come second. It is a worry where we are going to get the goals from still but you have to remember we have played 2 strong sides so even though we haven’t performed to our strongest it is great to see us picking up the results.

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  • Shot Bru

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Cheick along with Marveaux and Ba are muslim…

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #23

    shotbru how do you know?

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #24

    @Online guy.

    Ok, i accept to be your girlfriend for a time (your “ami-E”) but our futur wedding must be magnificient!
    And for Wenger, don’t know…He was a model of class, he seem so frustrated now.

    @Andy

    But can the team achieve good results in a 38 game championship without a good play. I expect the team to reach the fourth place. An hard but not unrealistic goal. If she play well…

    @Shot bru

    Ok for Tiote and Ba, but why Marveaux? He’s father is from Martinique (a carribean island) and his mother from Brittony (western France). So unless he have become Muslim for some reason (which is possible, like for Abidal and Franck Ribéry), no reason to believe he is.

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  • Niafron, they fast. Unless they are more than 25 Km/miles (not sure which) from their homes. Like everything in religion, you can read into that what you will. 25 miles/km from Ivory Coast or 25 from house/flat in Newcastle?

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Niafron,

    Sorry I am already Married ! ho ! also I have to say my French is not so good!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Niafron

    Read that as Mon ami !…I have the Ring ! Ha !

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  • ONLINE GUY, Pleased I got you and your missus rolling on the floor. 😉

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Niafron i think 4th is very ambitious. It is still very early in the season and no team is in full flight really. I expect us to play better than we have done and i think with a few games playing together it will come. Points on the board at this stage in my opinion though

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Ahah!

    Not so simple GG!

    Ben arfa was quiet honnest, he don’t fast, and he assume why.

    To difficult physiologicaly in competition time. He have say it clearly in a tv show.

    But others do fast. Like The PSG FB, Sakho (who got some difficulty to play in the last games…).

    THere’s some hypocrisy, but it more concern the arabic country. Impossible to say you don’t fast there, but sometimes, you see strange things.

    I don’t remember when, but players of north african nationals teams have been authorized to didn’t fast in the past by the government, who sure didn’t got the religious right to do it!

    In Europa, it’s hopefully different. I think many muslim sportsmen don’t fast. They don’t tell it, nobody ask them (like the gay in the US army!) and there’s no problem.

    It’s a personal question, not a public one, but some players do fast, it’s a fact.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #31

    GG..I, laughing at you comment on Clattermole … He’s My favorite nutter ,,only because he’s the weak link when we play the unwashed. Always likely to get sent off and loose them the game ,,In fact I love to see Steve Bruce Squirm on the touchline at every Clattermole tackle…If we concentrated on getting him sent of (dirty tactic I know ) and wound the little get up ..We would win every Derby match. Saying that we win nearly all of them anyways ! great result today GG just celebrating with a pint or two right now mate .

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  • Shot Bru

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Niafron, Andy…anyone can convert religions ala Cat Stevens…hence Sylvain Marveaux. It makes sense that Marveaux, Ba and Tiote haven’t been playing to their best, or at all in Marveaux’s case, because of Ramadan…Anyway we needn’t worry because Tiote will be gone come next week. We will be relying on loan deals and out of contractors after the window closes

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #33

    I think freddy kanoute does. He is a muslim. I remember he played without a sponsor on his top for sevilla as the sponsor was a betting company due to his religious beliefs against gambling

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #34

    @Andy

    I don’t rely on season start, for of what i’ve seen, the time would rather fight to avoid relegation!

    I see the whole think like that: MU, MC and Chelsea are aove all others, but with Arsenal in free fall, i think you would have a compact group of 4 or 5 team fighting to the end for the fourth place.

    Which include Arsenal (they not so bad than that!), Liverpool and Tottenham.

    I think NUFC got the players and the spirit to enter this fight. Will he got the team play, it’s another story…

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Niafron

    What is the word/talk on Sissohko In France today?

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Does anyone have Carlos Slim’s e-mail address…. kidding.

    What a night, pub full of geordies in Brisbane and 1 Mackem with Sessignon on his back he got tortured… bless

    Fantastic result hopefully we can land cissoko and another striker and we will definately finish top half. The test comes now when we play the smaller clubs as last year we won or drew against the likes of Arsenal and lost to Bolton. strange…

    HWTL

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #37

    @Shot bru

    Yes. I will not make you a conference about french sociology, but, indeed, Marveaux can have convert to islam.

    But it’s not a huge possibility, so unless you explain us your reason to believe he’s a muslim, i will hardly recognize he is.

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #38

    @Online Guy

    Well, french media quoted Newcastle is on the edge to offer 8 millions euros for Cissokho. An offer who would be accepted by Lyon.

    They (it’s funy), Lyon will purchase Santon from Inter to replace him.

    Yes, the Santon Newcastle is suposed to be linked with…

    Here’s the story:

    http://www.footmercato.net/premier-league/transferts/ol-une-offre-de-8-meur-a-venir-pour-cissokho-santon-dans-le-viseur_71701

    (It will make you work your french!)

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  • niafron

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #39

    They add…

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  • Andy

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #40

    Newcastle , nightmare walking or lifeline for our representatives in Ligue 1? Version differs among clubs approached. At Sochaux example, English training is not welcome on the back Modibo Maiga. Despite the refusal of the Cubs to sell the Magpies do not give up the case and have already won the player. However, they are not always rejected, on the contrary.

    The Olympique Lyonnais and does not complain about receiving an offer of € 8 million for Aly Cissokho . For it is an offer of that amount that is about to make Newcastle according to information from Paris. Interested in the left side Lyon for several weeks due to the departure of Jose Enrique in Liverpool, the club of northern England is ready to take action. OL, which opened the door to Cissokho early in the transfer window, could be satisfied with the proposal, but should focus very quickly on a replacement.

    The newspaper revealed that the club is considering the hypothesis Rhone Davide Santon , the young Italian side (21) of Inter Milan . Loaned to Cesena last year, Santon, who can play both left and right, is stuck to the status of great hope. Since the 2008/2009 season which earned him praise from Jose Mourinho, he has not really confirmed. Maybe it will happen by the grace of a transfer abroad? One thing is certain, the transfer window Lyons promises a few surprises.

    Translation of the link

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