More bad news for Newcastle fans today as Ben Arfa is ruled out until the new year with his hamstring injury, and therefore he’s going to miss at least four games. And with Ben Arfa playing last Monday night at Fulham, and scoring that terrific goal, we have to think he was brought back too early and before he was fully fit – and we are now playing the penalty for that premature return.
Ben Arfa – after scoring last Monday night at Fulham
Ben Arfa will miss at least the next four games at home to QPR and on the road at Manchester United and Arsenal and then at home to Everton, and if we cannot pick up points in those games we will in all likelihood slip even further down the league table when the new year rolls around.
The news is that he will be out now for three or four weeks, and that comes after he was almost in the squad yesterday, as it seemed as though everything was OK with his hamstring, so we’d like to learn more about what has happened to the mercurial French International.
After the Fulham game, in which he was easily our Man of the Match he has suffered a recurrence of the hamstring problem and missed the 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Saturday, and we have to believe he was not fully fit when he played last Monday night.
It’s always a temptation to bring top players back before they are ready, especially when the team is in trouble, as we are now in the league, and Graeme Souness used to do that all the time, but it only leads to longer injuries – and this is hardly good news for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew said this today about the Frenchman:
“There is a danger he could tear that and if he did that he would be out for two or three months whereas if we do it the right way and be sensible about it, it may only be three weeks. And obviously that is the route we are going to take.”
The facts are that Newcastle are going through one of their worst periods in their Premier League history having lost six of the last seven games, and there are some tough opposition coming up in the next four games, before we have a break for the FA Cup third round tie.
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