If People Stop Kicking Ben Arfa He’ll Be Fine


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.

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39 comments so far

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    HBA can be world class – can’t wait til he has an extended run in the team.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote, HBA, Jonas, Cabaye. Gosling, back up. Doesn’t sound too bad+ possession is what we haven’t had so far

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  • toonarmy1986

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    If he stays fit then could be the difference between us having a top 10 finish or fighting relegation.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    You might aswell stick a target in Ben Arfas Ankles.
    The cloggers will be out to get him this season, guaranteed!
    He’s too quick and too skillful for most prem defensive midfielders, so the only way to stop him will be to hack him doon.

    The Lion needs to follow him all over the pitch i reckon and dish out some retribution!

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  • ryanteah94

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Get Ben Arfa back in Attacking Midfield and we have a very good solid looking spine, Krul Coloccini Taylor Tiote Cabaye BenArfa and Ba, plenty of quality and that team to be pushing top 10

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Cant wait to see this lad back.

    Upset of the day like, I actually agree with Angryman, HBA will be a marked man all season and could end up spending alot of time injured.

    I wouldnt start him against forest for that very reason, keep him til Blackburn then have Tiote shadowing him all match to smash some skulls haha.

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  • alex84

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    agreed we need Tiote to protect him as teams will no he is our main playmaker and will just try to kick him, someone said we need to buy a similar player so he isnt the main target for teams.
    cant wait to see him have a run of games though.

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  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    I know people keep on saying It will be like having a new signing when he’s back, but I honestly think it will!

    Starting him against Forrest is a good idea, then unleash him against rovers!

    HWTL

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    lads what are you on about tiote is not a f.u.c.k.i.n.g. bodyguard he cant follow ben arfa around and start pushin people saying get ur hands off benny is a class act he doesnt need a minder ffs cop on.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    @ captain geordie i think i speak for everyone when i say what the fcuk u on about.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Of his injuries,Boom.

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  • BigKirky

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Hatem plays football the way everyone wants to see it be played. Fantastic. I literally cannot wait to see him back.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    oh ok

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Boom Boom, we were obviously taking the piss about Tiote man howay!

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  • markmac

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope he doesnt get targeted too much, but maybe if everyone goes after HBA then maybe cabaye can sneak thru their radar and be a big threat for us !!!!

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I see humour isn’t part of this blogging site.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    yeah and maybe we should get tayls to look after cabaye u know how french football is a non contact sport

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    it is when it aint so trivial

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    What, like that shite gaddafi joke you posted 234923 times yesterday? lol.

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  • OttersPocket

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Their are a number of players in league now that are similar in size and stature to Ben Arfa, likes of Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Nani, I dont think he will be targeted just been unfortunate with 2 tackles. Fingers crossed he does not get another one.

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  • Tiote

    Sep 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #22

    R ppl sayin we need tiote to mark ben arfa. Thts pritty daft if u ask me. If tiotes gota look afta benny who th fuks guna win everything in midfield. U dnt get iniesta watchin messis back do u? He needs 2 learn 2 ride these challenges lyk sum1 else postd otherwise it’s just injury afta injury. Can any1 tell me if he got injured much in France?

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  • MrFlibbles

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    I wonder if he shouldnt play in certain games like against stoke and nottingham forest. Then again any team is going to kick his ankles, perhaps double shin pads or some kind of protective bubble wrap would be better?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    it was posted twice at half 9 and half four to be exact not everyone spends the whole day on there stuart before and after work you know ur probly the only one who seen it twice cos ur unemployed.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #25

    LOL LOL Stuart LOL.

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  • Davies

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Just read the bit down the side of the page. Get well Ed. You are needed, my friend.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #27

    EASY EASY ! No even to get nasty about “Jobs”,Boom.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Boom Boom mate, theres such a thing as night shift, I work in a pub mate so my days are free.

    Doesnt change the fact the joke was shit like lol.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #29

    as was ur comment about tiote doin bodyguard for ben arfa you obviously never kicked a ball in ur life

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Stuart are you the Stuart from Nufcblog.org ?

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  • Stuart

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Nope Captain.

    @Boom Boom, Angry made the exact same joke, you gunna have a go at him? lol.

    Why you having a go anyway? All I said was your gaddafi joke was shit mate, you didnt make it up so why so touchy?

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    I really like this kid and he offers us much needed creativity. Fingers crossed he is not as fragile as Kieron Dyer.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    Cheers,Stuart.

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  • HK Toon Army

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Can reckon to put HBA right behind the striker. Such that, he will get closer to the box and cloggers may not kick him that much to avoid Ryan’s right-leg weapon.. Sounds work?

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    Too much negativity on here today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • magpiebop

    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Give Ben Arfa a free role playing off Best with the 3 in midfield bombing on into the box in support and would love to see young Tav take his chance at right back.
    4-1-3-1-1 got me starting wii the fantasy football formations now! Lol

    Krul
    Tavernier,STaylor,Collocini,Santon.
    Tiote.
    Guttierez,Cabaye,SAMeobi.
    Ben Arfa.
    Best.

    This could end up being our best starting eleven.

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Sep 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Magpie Bop, i think that’s not a bad ole idea, Himself or Cabaye would flourish in a free role, me thinks.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Miffed man @ # 35

    Now that really made me laugh when I saw who posted it 😉

    The comment has to qualify for joke of the day 😉 😉

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  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #39

    I would Keep H.B.A on the bench until the Blackburn Game – Bring Him on At Half Time And smack 2 Goals in 3-0 to Newcastle UNITED !!!!!! WE cant bring him back to soon as we do not want him out again !!!

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