Ben Arfa Back In Newcastle – Raring To Go

Like the rest of the Newcastle squad not on International duty, Ben Arfa reported back to training at the Benton headquarters yesterday morning.

Ben Arfa – back in training at Newcastle

A member of Ben Arfa’s family was taken ill early last week and Alan Pardew gave the French International compassionate leave, so he could travel to Tunisa to be with his family.

Ben Arfa had been penciled in to start for the Reserves when they traveled to Bolton Wanderers last Tuesday night, but he was unable to participate in Newcastle’s easy 3-0 win, when they fielded a very strong side.

And Ben Arfa will no doubt have more than a passing interest in France’s home game in Paris tonight, against Bosnia and Herzegovina, because a draw will be enough for France to win the group and get through to the finals to be played in next summer.

It’s the last game of Group D and Bosnia and Herzegovina are just one point behind France.

We don’t know if Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye will play in the game tonight, after suffering what turned out to be a slight ankle injury last Thursday night,  in helping France win 3-0 against Albania.

Ben Arfa trained yesterday with the rest of the squad in preparation for the Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, and it promises to be some game, and a big test for the Magpies.

We expect Ben Arfa to again be on the bench for that game, but if he can push through and become a regular first teamer at Newcastle, which we expect he will, then he has every chance to be back in the French squad, and hopefully can play in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

It would be great to see both Cabaye and Ben Arfa in the French squad next summer, and maybe a couple other players of Newcastle’s growing French contingent on Tyneside could make the French squad too.

Once the Internationals complete tonight, we expect a growing excitement and anticipation about the upcoming game against Tottenham on Sunday, and Newcastle have a good chance of winning that game.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    4 – 5 – 1 This weekend with Benny playign off’ve Best please Pards.


  • niffnoff

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    We already knew he was back?
    Am I missing something? 😐

    And on Demba Ba there’s no direct quote or quote for that matter anywhere he is injured? We will soon see, either way if a striker had to be dropped, then bring in Ben Arfa, then rotate ba and besty anyway?

  • colwell

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3


    Demba Ba is fit and will be for the Spurs game and Yohan Cabaye trained today ahead of France`s game tonight. Both Fit.

  • stephen1971

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    yip i totally agree with the 4-5-1 with hba behind best or ba and i,d also have jonas on the same wing as bale as he,s our best tracking back winger

  • Stuart

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope thats right like colwell!


    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6





    Jonas Can help Simo In Defence If Playd There

  • niffnoff

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7


    As far as I’ve read into Lee Ryder, he’s the only journo who is actually ITK, I don’t think he’s had much wrong tbf.

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Good luck today Ed! Howay!

  • colwell

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Lee Ryder is very rarely wrong with injuries etc so i`m pretty certain he`ll be right this time. Also apart from no where has any info on Ba being injured?

  • Stuart

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Dont think so like colwell, just as far as I know. Theres definately been no direct quotes saying he’s injured.

    Hopefully Ryder is bang on and hes not injured at all.

    Also good luck for today Ed, hope it goes alright.

  • Scottiedog

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11

    If Jonas can almost sit on Bale then that is most of there Attack gone!! I would like to see Marveaux play i/o Obertan as well.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12 is just another blog site. I’ve never actually found much reliable on there! haha

  • toonie

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13


    Senegal FA were quoted.

    Ba was not involved as Senegal completed their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Mauritius. He had already missed two training sessions with his national side, with the Senegal FA reporting that he had a “knee problem”.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14


    any link bud? Not saying I don’t believe but I’ve googled the buggery out of this.

  • Incentino

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I wish you the best of luck with the treatment, Ed!

  • dak76

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    My Team for Spuds…….

    Raylor Taylor Collo Santon
    Oba Cabaye (Gosling if inj) Jonas
    Ben Arfa
    Ba (Best after 60)

    subs: Harps / Simmo / Loven / Sammy / Marv / Ferguson / Best / Gurthrie (if cabaye inj)

    2 wingbacks who can get forward and cross a ball, Tiote sitting in front sweeping up and a pacy midfield with Benny hanging off Ba…

    Hoping for a win, will be a tight game which could go either way in all honesty, spuds are starting to click again… would take a 1-0 score line..


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