Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle to train yesterday with the first team, for the first time since he was injured in America.
Ben Arfa – returned to Newcastle yesterday for training
Ben Arfa was out from early October last year with a double break of his left leg, which he picked up at Manchester City, and then in July he was carried off with an injury to his left ankle in the game at Kansas City, on Newcastle’s American tour.
That was about seven weeks ago and since then he has been having treatment and recovering from the injury at the French Clairefontaine Football Academy, just outside of Paris.
Newcastle fans will be hoping they will see a lot more of Ben Arfa this season, since he has only appeared four times for Newcastle, and still has to make a competitive appearance for the side under Alan Pardew, and he has never played a competitive game since he was signed permanently last January, while still injured.
Newcastle made five signings of French born and French speaking players over the summer, so Ben Arfa will find himself surrounded by players from his own country on Tyneside, since Newcastle seem to be targeting players in the French League as an overall transfer strategy.
Newcastle fans will be hoping the 24 year-old doesn’t keep getting injured, because of reckless challenges from opponents, which has now happened twice since he’s been at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa did not play a full part in training yesterday, but did some individual work with Newcastle’s long standing physio Derek Wright to assess his progress.
We don’t know when Ben Arfa will be able to return to be part of the match day squad, and Newcastle have not put a time frame on the French International’s return.
Maybe he will be fit enough for the game a week on Saturday at Aston Villa, or the Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest the following Tuesday.
It will be really good to see Ben Arfa back in a black and white shirt.