It was on October 3rd last year at Manchester City, that Ben Arfa broke his left leg in two places, and was out of the game for almost 10 months.
Ben Arfa – in action against Wigan
And it was a rather vicious tackle from Dutchman Nigel De Jong, after only 3 minutes, and the tackle didn’t even get a yellow card from referee Martin Atkinson.
Ben Arfa has shown an awful lot of courage over this past year, and while he’s not back in the starting line-up at Newcastle yet, he’s slowly but surely working his way back to full fitness and match sharpness.
The 24 year-old has appeared six times this season for the Magpies, to make it 10 total appearances for the French International, who is likely to get a run out in the second half on Saturday.
Ben Arfa has talked to the local press today:
“The fans were there for me and encouraged me during that time.” “I am very happy to be back now. The comeback was very hard for me.
“Now I can just look forward and hope we can achieve some great things this season.”
“Everybody is settling in well at Newcastle.” “The team needs to keep pushing forward and make the season a success.”
Ben Arfa has found the new players that came in over the summer, as well as the existing players in top form for Newcastle this season, and other good players like Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie and others have also found first team play very difficult to come by.
The French international has started twice in the Carling Cup at Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, and we’re sure he will have a big part to play for Newcastle as the season progresses.
Hey, maybe he can score the winning goal on Saturday?
What a story that would be.