Ben Arfa will need to wait for the Swansea match on March 2nd at the Liberty Stadium in South Wales, after almost three months out with a hamstring injury – and that’s according to the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Hatem Ben Arfa - set to return against Swansea
But then Alan goes on to to say that the Frenchman has only been back from France for a couple of days, after he did all his rehabilitation at the French Clairfontaine Academy just east of Paris – but that Ben Arfa is in great shape.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Daily Mirror today, when asked why Ben Arfa was not on the plane to the Ukraine:
“It was a no-brainer. He has only been with us two days after being at Clairefontaine during his rehabilitation. ” “They have handed him over in fantastic condition. I thank them for that. We have a relationship with them to let any of our French players recover there.
“He looks match-fitness short, but we hope we can get him up to speed for the next round. Sunday is too early. But against Swansea on March 2 he could have a cameo role on the bench.”
Maybe it’s just us – but if he’s in fantastic condition why wouldn’t he start against Southampton on Sunday – after all he wasn’t exactly match fit when he made his return against Fulham in early December, and it turns out he wasn’t physically fit either, and did his hamstring further damage in that game.
We’ll have to wait and see, but we have lots of players available like Gutierrez, Gouffran, Obertan and Marveaux, who can do a decent job on the wings against Southampton.
But then there’s Ben Arfa – a class above.
What do you think?
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