More Bad News On Hatem Ben Arfa

There was some bad news given out by Alan Pardew yesterday, during his press conference for the game tomorrow at White Hart Lane, which kicks off at 12:45 pm.

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle celebrates after he scores from the penalty spot against Tottenham.

The great Ben Arfa has just scored again

It was natural for Ben Arfa’s name to be brought up because a couple of weeks ago, Pardew said he’d be ready for the Tottenham game – but it now looks that return has been put back at least a couple of weeks,  because the mercurial Frenchman is sick.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the Frenchman, who is recuperating at the Clairefontaine French Football Academy:

“He is genuinely sick and has missed four or five days work on the training ground.” “He has a good chance of being available for Southampton. But he is doubtful for the two European games when we initially thought he would be involved in those.”

“Ben Arfa gives us something we don’t otherwise have in the squad. You cannot get away from that.” “He can ghost past people as if they are not there as he has shown in certain situations and his work rate has improved dramatically so that he has become a major function for us.”

“So I am really looking forward to seeing him back.”

Newcastle play Spurs tomorrow, and then we have our games with Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League on the two Thursdays that follow the game, and then we play Southampton at home two weeks on Sunday – and that’s a league game we must win.

So those are the next four games on the Newcastle agenda, and it looks like Ben Arfa will be able to return for the Southampton game.

Including that game, Newcastle still have 12 matches to play in the league – so Ben Arfa can still make a vital impact to get Newcastle up that league table before the end of the season.

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8 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Feb 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #1

    need HBA to be back to get rid of mr “hardworking-but-no-end-product” Jonas

  • microbar

    Feb 8, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Out for a while now so why was he even in the french squad.IE Clairefontaine French Football Academy.??

  • francesco-hba

    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #3

    thats really a mistery “ben arfa”…

    this hamstring injury is here since 3 months now!!! and at the beginning, he was in doubt for City’s game because the scanner had reveal an injury, but hatem didnt feels anything anormally… he didnt feels an injury but he was out for 3 months??!!

    whats the problem… is there a coloccini’s personal situation or what? i add that Newcaste’s staff hasnt spoken so much about where he was, when he ll back ,etc..these 3months


    comments welcome

    p.s : sorry for my bad english… 😉

  • francesco-hba

    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #4

    oh and i remember that Pardew said he would have not to take a risk with him for City’s game because it was a risk of tear his hamstring, but when you tear your hamstring, it doesnt need 3 months or more to be back, isnt it?

    so, if he didnt want to tear Hatem’s hamstring, it was to make sure that he ll be back sooner,

    this hamstring was not risked, but he was sidelined for 3 months (more than a tear)

    is there smthg strange here, or am i stupid??

  • sachin toondulkar

    Feb 8, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Our team in last 12 games:
    debuchy collo saylor santon
    Cabaye Sissoko
    Ben arfa Cisse Gouffran(marveaux)

    This team can definately beat most of the team

  • shear-class

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    microbar – he wasnt in the french squad thats were hes been receiving treatment for his injury
    and also were he recovered from his double leg break

  • county down magpie

    Feb 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t be thinkin about this too much Francesco, we took him back early cos we were desperate, for the fulham game, and did him more damage. Id rather wait this next couple of weeks and have a fully fit HBA plus he’ll be in a better frame of mind and can go full tilt than he would if we brought him back early where there would be a doubt of a reoccurrence.

  • voodoo85

    Feb 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    didn’t pardew do this once before saying that Ben Arfa was not fit but then he was in the side for the match the following day – anybody able to confirm from somewhere that HBA is nowehere near newcastle/north london ?


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