We’ve been wondering when Ben Arfa would be able to return to the fray, after he was brought back too early in the Fulham game on 10th December, and it looks like that misjudgment has cost Newcastle the use of the French International for two months, because Alan Pardew has said today he hopes to have Ben Arfa back for the Tottenham game, on 9th February.
Hatem Ben Arfa – back on February 9th
With Yohan Cabaye starting the game on Saturday against Reading - according to Alan Pardew – and Steven Taylor finally returning from his hamstring problems, the obvious question was how far away was the 25 year-old French international and Alan Pardew for the very first time has put a time-frame on Ben Arfa’s recovery.
This is what Alan said today:
“We think he has a chance for Spurs.”
If Ben Arfa does return at Tottenham he will be available for the final 13 league games of the season, so it could have been worse, and he’ll miss the next three league games.
Slowly but surely Newcastle are strengthening their squad with new signings coming in, and players returning from injury.
And with all our players fit again for pre-season, our squad should be a lot stronger than it was when we started this season, and with no European competition next term – we should be able to do so much better in the Premier League.
That’s the hope anyway.
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