Just got back from a visit to the Doctor, and I see there’ some really bad news on Ben Arfa today – that he has to have surgery and he will be out for the season – and to think we thought he might be able to play on Sunday.
Ben Arfa – will have operation on hamstring – out for the season
The French International will have to undergo on his hamstring, after breaking down in last week’s UEFA Europa League round against FC Anji Makhachkala, and that was his first game back since early December.
His last game before that was at Fulham, and he had a similar reaction after that game, which kept him our for almost three months, so there is obviously something not right with that hamstring of his – but nevertheless it’s a big blow to Newcastle, and we know the lad wanted to play in the Europa League too.
Manager Alan Pardew broke the bad news today on BBC Radio Newcastle:
“The news is not so good. He gives us that X factor. In a game like last night [the second leg against Anji], where he could just open the door for us, we haven’t got that luxury.”
Newcastle were drawn against Benfica this morning in the quarter finals of the Europa League, and it makes a certain Sylvain Marveaux even more important to the side, to open up opposing defenses.
But it must also be a blow for Ben Arfa himself – which means he played only two games for Newcastle since he first injured his hamstring in late November in the game at St. James’ Park against Maritimo.
Hopefully the lad will be OK by pre-season, and can start playing again then – when Newcastle look to have an awesome squad for next season – and an assault on the top six in the Premier League.
Ben Arfa can help us big time with that goal.
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