What’s The Status Of Hatem Ben Arfa?


Newcastle have made two mistakes with Hatem Ben Arfa – and the first one was risking him in the meaningless Europa league tie at home to CS Maritimo on 22nd November when he hobbled off with a hamstring injury after 40 minutes – to the dismay of Newcastle fans.

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Ben Arfa – after scoring brilliant goal last time out at Fulham

And then Newcastle brought him back for the game at Fulham on 10th December, and while he was Man of the Match and scored a brilliant goal to get Newcastle back to 2-1 in that game, he was brought off  after 70 minutes.

And it seems the Frenchman  had a recurrence of the hamstring strain, and we know he’s behind both Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor in terms of when he will be back.

Yohan and Steven were in light training all last week, and both maybe could be in the squad for the game at Norwich, but only if fit – and they could possibly start the game on the bench.

But no word on Ben Arfa other than that – and we are interested in what his status is- simply because the mercurial Frenchman has skills galore, and offers some creativity to the Newcastle play, which has been sorely missing for the last couple of months.

We’d really like to know when Ben Arfa is due back in training, but no word from Newcastle lately on just how severe his injury is.

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201 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Injured

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed Pardew has already said that Benny is due to be back early next month, it came out the same time that he said Cabaye and Saylor could both be back for the Norwich Game

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Spennymoor-Mag
    Would you rather pardew said nothing at all and pur absolutly no public pressure on the board at all? Can you really not see that by coming out everyday and saying we need players he is publicly challenging the board?
    Or when you say
    “So what pardew all talk and no action. Just buy the players we need!”
    Do you actually think pardew makes approves and pays for the signings

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    14 goals from current players in 20 games & a defence leaking like a sieve – it’s maybe about a little more than HBA’s fitness, eh?

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Jack butler how can you keep defending pardew saying it is the lack of depth that is the reason for our slump. Granted that is part of the bigger picture but the fact remains our team is showing no desire, fight organisation and with his terrible subs and putting cisse on wing its a large part down to pardew. Another manager WOULD make a difference anybody could see this.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    http://www.football365.fr/etranger/angleterre/newcastle-ben-arfa-de-passage-a-clairefontaine-959085.shtml

    He has returned to clairefontaine for rehabilitation and could be back at the end of February.

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  • Jacknufc-

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    HBA Isnt even injured he’s refusing to play due to newcastle being terrible… why do you’s think there’s no updates about his injury.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed you did about 5 articles on Ben Arfa’s status the other day.

    Crocked until early Feb.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Nufc-83

    I’m not defending Pardew, I’ve already said that there are better options out there, but the reality is that our squad is very, very poor. get past our best 11 and you are left with kids that are simply not ready for 1st team football and players that are reserve level at best.
    You could put Fergie in charge and the likes of Willo would still be clueless

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben Arfa will be back when he is back. But if we continue to play long balls then it is irrelevant having him back or not. If Pards wants to continue playing long ball he needs to sign a nippy on the shoulder striker, or play campbell otherwise any flicks will continue to run through to the keeper.

    Obviously, I’d prefer us to start playing football, but I’m not sure our coaching and training is setting us up for that.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Geoff 777 well said mate. Ed stop posting rubbish please just to get traffic on your site.

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree the players would still be poor individually regardless of who is in charge but the team would certainly be more of a unit and seem to have a plan of action under a different manager. People asking for Di matteo what was wba reputation of football like when he was there i can’t remember.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    On Remy, if he does go to QPR and turns us down, the it will say everything you need to now about a lad that would rather play at a potacabin of a stadium who are odd’s on to go down

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Om have said remy can leave for right price, were in talks over mirin n florian thauvin

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    There was reports that Remy will travel to England this week to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms with us, on twitter lets hope this is true

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    JB

    If we put Fergie in charge a few of our players would up their level due to the dressing downs they would get from the famous ‘hairdryer’. He would also have confidence to drop under performing players and wouldn’t be afraid to upset established stars. You think Ba would have been able to dictate which position he played in to Ferguson? No chance!! (Obviously that is speculation that it happened with Pards)

    But at this point in time, gambling on a lower league manager, or a foreigner never to have managed in the prem is very risky too. Maybe a case of better the devil you know.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Nufc-83

    He plays good football but has been sacked at every club as manager

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  • KrulG4ME

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    We cannot score from set plays so why does Pardew insist on playing the long ball game it is in affect the same put the ball as close to opposition goal as possible and hope you can pinch a goal. Also why do we never seem to have a player picking up the loose ball at back post after over shot corner that is one reason we have not scored from a set play for so long.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe Geordie

    A poor player who is motivated is still a poor player

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  • geordie157

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    So which centre back would everyone like to see come in, ideally i’d want Sakho but i can’t see us getting him.

    Anyone from Sakho, Alderweireld, Mbiwa & Douglas should do nicely. I would add Ogbonna but he’s injured and prob over 10mill.

    Another cb should be signed in the summer too, then Wilo can be offloaded. Ie Imirit-Martins, Maguire, Kouyate, Gouweleeuw

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    And according to our information, one of their priority targets is other than Florian Thauvin, the young striker from Bastia. The player, who is under contract until June 2014, scored two goals in 16 games during the first half of the season.

    He sounds such a class striker… on terms with Shola

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #22

    On Thauvin, I don’t know much about him other than he is 19 and an attacking player. Is he ready for first team, or is he one for the future?

    While we need to improve our development squad, the much more pressing need is to get first team ready players in. Once we have achieved that then bring in youngsters for the development squad.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Remy can only leave for a big club if he’s interested…. Surely QPR aint a big club are they?

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #24

    free sam sodje sammy kuffor

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    We should have 2 or three Ben Arfa style players in the side. One down each wing and one in the acm or forward role. We have 1.

    When Benny initially hobbled off there was no way in the world he’d be fine after a couple of weeks rest. I the hamstring pull master and there’s no surprise that he has been forced put again soon after, but for much longer.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    royston drenthe cmon pardew use some grey stuff

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27

    GT89

    We have a delegation out in France trying to tie up deals, but Dirty ‘Arry is said to be flying out today to watch Remy who is believed will be playing in their cup game

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    I think we need a top quality CB, CM and CF as a minimum this window – especially with tiote away.

    The CF should have pace and be adept on the wing or as part of a 3 man forward line.

    The CM should have defensive qualities and be good at pass and move. Someone who can hold off a player – seen us bullied off the ball far to much this season.

    The CB should be top quality, have strength and pace and ideally be a target man at set plays.

    In the summer we need to get rid of willo, Simmo and gosling (I’d give obertan one more season used as a super sub on LW).

    Demote sammy back to development squad (he needs to learn basics like not being lazy). Loan out tav and dummet.

    Finally, buy quality youngsters (at least at bigi level) who could do a good job at backing up RB, CB, CF and a winger.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    JB

    True, but the lack of application yesterday was startling. If they were motivated they would at least be pressing more which would force the opposition to make mistakes. The amount of time Brighton players had just to play it around was unacceptable. No matter how poor a player you should be capable of chasing and harrying the opposition. We rarely did either.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    they cant tie shoelaces never mind deals

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  • Papiss9

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #31

    If we get a solid CB and a player like Remy, we would start climbing the table again as our best players are coming back from injury too..

    Then in the summer, Ashley must realize he has to spend on 3-4 players who goes straight into our starting lineup.

    I haven’t liked Pardews subs and tactics this season, but almost every team in the PL, except for Manu and maybe City are not stable.. If we keep Pardew and he turns around the results this spring and keeps his job, he will certainly learn a lot from what has happend so far. Hopfully we start next season with a better squad and subs who are up for the challenge.. Keeping Pardew can be smart in the longrun

    I know everyone wants him out, but in the long it might be wrong to change manager now (start building all over again + paying pardew for 7 more years).

    Just trying to be positive, HWTL!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    A was thinking Barton might help our case in Remy coming to Newcastle but Mbia will help QPRs aswell

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  • Papiss9

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t care if we have to pay 12 M £ or more for REmy… Seeing Shola just jogging around as a striker, makes me angry.. HBA CISSE REMY.. Class

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Jack – for some reason I think that delegation is more focussed on signing the younger players like Mirin and that Thauvin

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I agree mate, BUT, should you even have to try to motivate a young player who’s been given the chance to player for NUFC in the FA Cup???

    Out of the squad of 18 yesterday only four of those should be anywhere near our first team, the kids should be out on loan and the rest should be moved on as they are simply not good enough

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  • shearermania

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #36

    all right in have sort of semi calmed down now after the horror show against the mighty Brighton but there is still something that allures me and that is: if we are not able to win, draw or at least muster some kind of superiority against a league 1 team with our second team – then whats the actually need for having back up players ala development/reserves? if they are indeed rubbish why keep them at the club…its all dandy saying they need experience but hey in my world if you are not good enough well then you’re not good enough….

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  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has confirmed that Loic Remy will be allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.

    He told l’Equipe: “The only window we could open this winter is for Loic Remy. If a big club comes and is interested then we will see. Apart from Remy nobody else will leave.”

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Spuggy

    I see Centre mid as the least of our worries at the moment. We do need to strengthen in there, but for this window I would accept 1/2 centre backs and an attacking player as you described.

    We definitely need good youngsters in, but again I would want the 1st team sorted first. If we could bring in 3 more players, and loan Sammy, Tav and Dummy out again I’d be happy. Abeid needs a loan to.

    I would keep Simpson and let him go free at the end of the season, we can’t afford to lose players with his experience at this point in time. Same goes for Willo. Both need replacing in the first team, but we still need squad back up.

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Papiss9 that forward line is so much more balanced isn’t it. I’m sure it’ll look comfortable straight from the off.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 6, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    This “Pardew is a puppet” line is really starting to get tedious. A blind man on a galloping horse can see how frustrated he has been since the summer. For the last 3 months we have had players who were not good enough. But what is Pards supposed to do? Slate them? Then he has poor players, with even less confidence, and waiting for the window to open. Now it is open he has been honest. He said the club got it wrong in the summer, using the word “we” even though it should have been “they”. The board let him down. He has now said that players who are development players are in the first team, and that it’s wrong.

    He has promised players in. We have one already. He has said we will have another in within the week, and that if its a striker he will cost more than Ba.

    He has also stated that the prospect players will continue to be brought into the club. So the plan was to bring in 2, and replace any departures. So I fully expect to see a striker and a CB brought in, and perhaps a pre contract agreement with Sissokho.

    Personally, I would rather spend more on the CB than striker if we have to prioritise. Toby would be the preference I think, then Sakho. I know people think we shouldn’t be penny pinching but it’s the way it is and I am tired of the arguments about it after 5 years!!

    The perfect situation would be Alderwiereld and Aubameyang. Oh, and I would have Frank Lampard tomorrow as we need a leader. Won’t happen though.

    Add Sissokho and another defender in the summer and we are in business. But please stop saying Pardew is a puppet, because if you can’t see his frustration then you are completely blind, or too stubborn to see it.

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