Alan Pardew held his press conference this afternoon got the game at Swansea on Saturday, and the manager finally gave an official position on Tim Krul’s ankle injury, and it doesn’t seem too bad – other than the ankle is still a bit swollen and he will be out four to five weeks maximum.
Tim Krul – at the end of last weeks game against Metalist
Sp since he’s been injured for a week now, we could see him back around the end of March, but Alan Pardew seemed to hint that he could be back even earlier than that – once the swelling has subsided.
The 24-year-old Dutch international visited a specialist earlier this week after picking up the injury very late in the Metalist Kharkiv game in the Ukraine, but there seems to be no complications other than he has strained it, and it’s still swollen.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said about it in the press conference:
“His ankle is still a little bit swollen. We think he will be out for a maximum four weeks, five weeks, but we are hoping for less than that.”
And the manager again voiced his disappointment at the fitness of Ben Arfa, who has now been back in full training for almost two weeks.
It’s a surprise he isn’t fitter – since Alan Pardew had sad aw week last Monday that he was in very good shape after rehabilitation at the French Football Academy at Clairfontaine.
This is what Pardew said about Ben Arfa in today’s press conference:
“I have to say his conditioning has disappointed me this week, and we will be working hard in the next few days to get him up to speed because he lacks a bit of fitness, for sure.” “I just think it’s something we need to push him on at. His upper body strength is there, but we want to work on his general fitness. I think that needs to improve.”
That may mean that Ben Arfa doesn’t even make the bench for the game at Swansea and he may not even travel with the squad.
The sooner Hatem is back the better – because he’s a match winner on his own, as he’s proved many times of the last thirteen months.
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