Ben Arfa Struggling To Get Fully Fit

Ben Arfa has essentially been out of the side since he suffered a hamstring strain on Thursday, November 22nd, when we could only draw 1-1 with CS Maritimo, and although he came back for the game at Fulham on 10th December and even scored that great goal, he’s been out ever since, after making his hamstring a lot worse in that game.

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Ben Arfa – after scoring penalty against Spurts in August

So that’s almost a full three calendar months out for the French International winger, and he’s likely to be in the match day squad of 18 at Swansea on Saturday, although he’ll probably start the game on the bench.

And earlier this week Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said the French wizard still isn’t back to being as sharp as he needs to be in the Premier League.

This is what Alan said:

“He’s getting better – but he isn’t there yet. He might get a bit of time at Swansea.”

In fact it wasn’t  until about 13 months ago that Ben Arfa became a regular in the Newcastle first team, after he changed his game a bit and started to track back and do a lot more work in defense and in general – than he had been used to when he played at Lyon and Marseilles.

The Frenchman will again need to fight for his place with players like Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran settling in very quickly in the new Newcastle line-up, and playing very well from day one.

And with the European games against FC Anzhi Makhachkala coming up we should see Ben Arfa even start those two games.

But we hope to see Ben Arfa come on in the second half against Swansea on Saturday in South Wales, depending on the situation – and maybe he can score the winning goal.

That would be just great!

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19 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Feb 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    He’ll be like a new signing!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Being stuck in a lift with Pushy Pardew is too good for Ashley.

  • rainrix

    Feb 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Our best winger when fully fit should walk into our team really at the expense of jonas and not at the expense of gouffran and sissoko. Imo jonas plays much better when he’s brought off the bench to shore things up defensively.

    I thought last season jonas had his best season, his performance against stoke away was phenomenal but this season he isn’t really offering much either attacking or defending. Certainly not as much as previous seasons

  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Thankfully we are quite well stocked with midfielders now, so there is less urgency for us to put him on the pitch. I would rather have a fully fit HBA in a couple of weeks, than a half-fit, prone to injury HBA in a couple of days.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I think this purely dependent on hit physical condition. If he is fully recovered and ok to play start him, even if he just makes the first half, can easily bring him off if tired.

    If it’s just match sharpness missing he needs to play.

    If he is not fully fit physically then he needs to be rested and not played until he is ready.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    G…Whilst I am eager to see Benny mix it up with our new lads, I do agree that I’d rather him do that for the remainder of the season and not just this game against Swansea.

    Would be nice for him to get a run out though.

    Pushy…Thank you for the vote of confidence, I probably brought it upon myself wearing these ridiculously sized shoes 😉

    Tsunki…Did someone else call you a madman today?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7


    from previous….very impressive….want to be the NUFC fitness coach haha

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree rather wait for a fully fit HBA.
    Conspiratory Theory – I wonder if its more than a injury he has had such as a virus which has knocked the stuffing out of him.

  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    @7, dunno, how much you offering?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10


    No idea…he has been out a long time…must have been a fairly bad tear to his hamstring.

    I’d have him in as soon as he is ready…PArdew said over a week ago he was physically fully fit but not match fit.

    Did he mean he has recovered from injury but not capable of playing a game.

    Or did he mean he was fully fit in terms of injury and CV fitness just lacking match sharpness.

    I think the first but it wasn’t clear.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11


    A season ticket with a free pie and pint at the game….just pay for it all and send the receipts to a

    MR M Ashley
    C/O Sports Direct

  • rainrix

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Sage… I think by fit he meant that he hasn’t put any weight/fat on and he’s actually in good shape physically, match sharpness is likely what he’s missing

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Rainrix…Or he was just admitting to fancying him?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14


    if just match sharpness he should be on the bench though.

    I presumed he meant he wasn’t 100% recovered to play the pace and demand of a game.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    excuses to keep jonas in the team me thinks

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    If we are winning on Saturday, then don’t risk him. If we need a goal to draw or win, give him 15 minutes.

    Personally I think we will go and win. We have goals in us. Gouffran has been been superb in that left sided role. Absolutely love him. The influence of the new boys has been superb.

    If we win Saturday we will be in a fantastic position to attack the top 8/9 position.

  • rainrix

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza… Only 10 and we have a man love joke good work!

    Sage… I think it’d be best if he was eased back in gently as he might as you say have some trouble with the pace but hopefully its just match sharpness he’s lacking.

  • G

    Feb 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    TS @ 11. Nice try, I aint falling for that one a 2nd time mate!

  • nufc 11

    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    The night clubs in france must be good seems our benny hasnt being keeping himself in the best of shape.


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