Ben Arfa Back In Training At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • gstadt

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Welcome back Benny 🙂

  • WesJameson

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Dear God,

    Please show some mercy to Newcastle United for ONCE!!!
    Lets have Benny fit and firing for the rest of the season, because we both know, he is going to be vital to us this season


  • Toon-Norway9

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Ohhh Benny i f****n missed you!!! Get well now!

  • lekech

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t wait to see him take to the field again! That will be a bright spot in gloomy days like these…

  • WesJameson

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    The most worrying thing about NUFC, is the fact that we have only two CB’s FFS, i mean WTF?? How the hell is this football club being run 🙁

  • Elb11

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I seem to always forget bout Ben Arfa, it will be awesome to see him back in the squad, I just hope he can stay fit and the leg break hasn’t affected him too much mentally.

  • toon6toon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Looking foreward to seeing him back as it helps with team moral when you have someone of his ability as he is a game winner
    Welcome back benny

  • ginkoh

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Once upon the time, We have world class playmaker name BenArfa. Long long time no seen him play. Get well soon, can’t wait to see you in Newcastle shirt again.

  • ToonZiga

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Cant wait to see him back, he is one of my favorites. I think i will put his name on my black guest shirt this year.

  • Darling27

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Welcome back lad.

    I can’t see him being back up to speed until Blackburn at home though.

    I hope i’m wrong though.

  • tommyL

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the Villa and Forest game is too soon. Pards won’t rush him back. I think the earliest we’ll see him is the Spurs game in mid october. I don’t think Rovers and Wolves are the right games to get him going again. I don’t want another injury for him.

  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 6, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Hope he is fit for Villa away! That would be a massive boost. In the meantime looking forward to Monday, so we can shut that tosspot Barton up, hope Cabaye makes him look daft. Pretty sure they will play him CM, as SWP will be right wing, and i never thought Barton looked in in centre mid.

  • markmac

    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Welcome back! if i was AP i would use him sparingly for the first 3/4 games on his return, bring him on for 20/30 mins here and there just to help build his confidence etc


    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    best news in AGES!

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    he’s just in light training. He wont be back for a few weeks. Sorry to dash any hopes. But still cant wait to have him back. Like Cabeye he is happy to ahve a pop from distance. which is what we need

  • carrollsinger

    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    We we have more then two cb Taylor colo and willo just to name 3 santon can play anywhere across the back 4 and kadar to if his injurys clear up


    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Wb benny boy

  • i Toon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    well i hope he is fully back in time for Tottenham Home which should be more that enough time 😀

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Its easy bashing Joey Bartoon when he’s gone!
    Just hope it doesnt comeback to bite us on the arse!!

  • bojous

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree with #19, I’d rather ease him back into the squad, he needs time to get back up to speed considering he pretty much missed all of pre-season.

  • PapaToon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #22

    why we so depressed. we have seven points are 6 th in the table, our best start in a decade. All players we have bought have improved the team. Im happy if the board are sticking to a strategy.
    Look at the mackems, bought 10 players prior to the last day, they are shite! becuz they have gone for names, all players that were good or had potential in their younger years. I dont really want us to buy a player like they did for 13 mill (Gyan) who has been outshone by ryan taylor. we have a good enough team to be knocking on europe in my opinion. It will all come down to the mental strength and we are not helping becuase we didnt sign anyone on the last day. Carroll hasnt been replaced but we did get BA. Also i believe the team has more goals in it then last year. obertan, cabaye, ba, best, marveux, vukic, ben arfa, gosling. last year it was nolan and carrol and best.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Making a mental note of this post and ill glean your opinions in December 😉

    we’ve had three games, had excellent results, but 3 swallows dont make a summer matey!! ‘judge the team on the 31 December’ !!


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