We need some good news today and there is some, surprisingly enough.
Hatem Ben Arfa – recovering well from ankle injury
Hatem Ben Arfa came back in the summer after suffering a terrible double break of his left leg at Manchester City last October, but was then carried off the filed in the pre-season game at Kansas City in July, with damaged ankle ligaments.
The news today in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is that Ben Arfa is still recuperating in the Clairfontaine Football Academy south of Paris, but is now running on the ankle, so that’s good news.
Newcastle are wise not to put any date on his return, and his close adviser Simon Stainrod has said this about the French International today:
“Hatem has always had the capacity to play sooner rather than later.” “He will be back as quick as the medical team around him deem sensible.”
“I know he is optimistic about playing soon and is making good progress.” “He had the horrific experience of his broken leg last season but he is made of sterner stuff.”
“He is running again now and he will take it from there.” “The aftercare he has received from the specialists in Paris and the Newcastle United medical team has been different class.”
Newcastle fans cannot wait to see this lad back in action, and we have to hope he will have a fairly injury free season from now on, and rack up a few games for the Magpies.
And we sincerely hope his injury worries will soon be behind him, fingers crossed.
And of course, Ben Arfa is a player who could also provide some goals for Newcastle, not to mention the sublime football skills he possesses.
Stainrod also said he was doing so well in training before the ankle injury:
“He had been coming out in running tests with top results.” “He will be looking to get involved as soon as possible after Newcastle’s good start.”
“Knowing Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux he will be looking forward to playing with them.” “Once they get into their stride Newcastle could be playing 90mph stuff.”
“They are not afraid to take risks with their passing and they will want to link up together.”
Ben Arfa can make a huge difference this season for Newcastle, and it’s fair to say Newcastle now have a much more skillful side than last season, and we hope that will manifest itself on the field, and produce some good results for Newcastle this season.
If the lads can finish in the top 10 next May, we will be happy enough.