Ben Arfa is back in training and likely to be ready to play for the Newcastle first team soon.
Ben Arfa – fit within two weeks
That’s according to Ben Arfa’s agent Simon Stainrod, and Ben Arfa could make his first-team comeback for the Tyneside club within two weeks.
Newcastle’s two games after Monday night at QPR are Aston Villa away a week on Saturday, and then the Carling Cup third round tie at Nottungham Forest on Tuesday, 20th September and then Blackburn at home on the following Saturday, 24th September.
So it looks like the earliest Ben Arfa could play could be the Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, although he could score a couple of goals against woeful Blackburn Rovers at St, James’ Park on the following Saturday.
Ben Arfa has been out since last October 3rd, when he suffered a double break of his left leg, and he then damaged ankle ligaments of the same leg at Kansas City during the American tour in July.
This is what Simon Stainrod said today:
“He is training again now and it is looking good for him to be fit to play within the next 10 to 14 days so I would imagine that he would be back in Premier League action this month,”
“Hatem is raring to go again because he has worked really hard on his fitness since he broke his leg and was really frustrated that he had to miss the start of the season after getting an ankle injury on the tour of America.”
“Newcastle fans have only had a glimpse of what he can do but he will be desperate to make up for lost time and I am sure he will put smiles on lots of faces.”
“If people stop kicking him he will be fine but he is not the sort of person who would be mentally scarred by what has happened in the past.”
Ben Arfa has had a bad time of it with injuries since he arrived at Newcastle in August of last year, after he had pushed his club Marseilles to let him move to Newcastle.
The lad was signed full time last January for around £5M, after only making 4 appearances for Newcastle and with one stupendous goal against Everton, and that’s still his record today.
It will be great to get Ben Arfa back in a black and white shirt, and of course Newcastle now have a lot more skilled players in the side, than when the 24 year-old arrived on Tyneside just over a year ago.
And with Danny Guthrie returning from injury yesterday to play for the Reserves, the injury situation at Newcastle is now looking a lot better, and that has to be good.