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Was Severity Of Ben Arfa’s Injury Accurately Assessed?

10:43 am, Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the local press today and he has talked about Ben Arfa being out for the rest of the season, as the Frenchman needs an operation on his groin.

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Ben Arfa in action against Anzhi

And Alan says there is nobody to blame, even though the Frenchman was injured in late November and played in early December at Fulham, was out after that game for almost three months, and then played last week – and again had a bad reaction to playing – and he is now out for the rest of the season.

To a layman that seems odd.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Ben Arfa today

“It is important for our fans to realize that there is nobody to blame here.” “There is no medical team to be drawn in and asked questions of.” “It was an injury that was always going to be a case of finding out what was the right way to go.”

“Now we have to assess again on whether we give him a much longer rest which would be until the start of next year.” “Or we operate and recuperate him for pre- season.”

“The most important thing for Hatem and this football club is that he gets a pre- season. He missed this season’s and it’s not good to miss two.” “So that’s why I have gone quite bullish and said that’s him done for the season.”

“I think it’s only fair to the team because people have to step up.” “The likes of Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran and Jonas need to give us a bit more offensively, because we are still lacking in the goals department.”

So it appears it’s not a certainty Ben Arfa will even be having surgery now.

It seems to us there’s a question about why the severity of his injury wasn’t diagnosed earlier back in December, and if he had the operation then, he would have been back fit now – much like Yohan Cabaye is back playing now, after a double groin operation last November.

It doesn’t look good, and that’s why Alan is saying what he is saying – the Newcastle medical staff were hoping rest would cure it – but it hasn’t – but surely he will now have surgery, because the last thing we want is for him to come back in pre-season after more rest and it’s not right – and he misses some of next season too.

But what’s happened is water under the Tyne Bridge now – and there’s nothing we can do about it – and we hope the lad has surgery and is back fit and well for pre-season.

Then he can continue next season taking opposing defenses apart in a black and white shirt. :D

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fostino // Mar 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    wigan are a technical team so marv has to start..then again, so was swansea. anita was a bit disappointing thursday…with a 5m price tag he needs to impose himself more.

    elliott
    debuchy taylor mapou santon

    sissoko tiote cabaye

    marv cisse goofy

  • 2 lesh // Mar 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Whether he has surgery or not, I’d say he should not be allowed anywhere near Clairefontaine to recuperate. His recovery should be managed by Club staff and appointed medics.

  • 3 northernirishtoon // Mar 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I think he could of had surgery in December but because we were really up against it t he club took a risk and hoped that rest would be enough

    I have no doubt in my mind if we had of been sitting 8th or 9th in the league then he would of had surgery

  • 4 TheToonKing // Mar 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Start of next year ??!! This is getting beyond ridiculous. Mutual termination.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Ed, it doesn’t only seem odd to a layman; it seems odd to someone who has played football professionally and have injury ruin it!

    …we will never know what really happen conditionwise with Benny in December and early this year. As you say we have to move on now and hope Pardew is taking this much more serious this time.

    By the sound of it it looks so; I think an operation is avoidable now (it is always the last option and we don’t really any unless we want to take a chance on Benny’ career)

  • 6 Mark the Mag // Mar 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Could this injury to Ben Arfa be the difference between us winning the cup or not ? He is the only player who can get hold of the ball, keep it and only release it when he sees a chance to be creative. He is so arrogant like many top players that its an insult to pass back to the fullback he always likes to take it on himself.

  • 7 Whoarya.com // Mar 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Hamstring injuries need careful progressive controlled increases in training intensity and the amount of injuries incurred by our team have put us top of the physioroom league table for as long as I can remember.

    Clearly the attention to detail there is as shocking as our corners and is very easy to sort.

    Please sort it Pardiola

  • 8 Sav // Mar 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    If Cab doesn’t make it, and with this coming hard on the heels of Anzhi it could be a quieter game for Marv, this will be a big one for Moussa Sissoko, I reckon. He has to boss midfiled and create some mayhem for Wigan in this one. Looked subdued in his last 2 games. C’mon, The Moose!

  • 9 toonluvva // Mar 16, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I have a nagging worry that we may have seen the last of Ben Arfa in a toon shirt.

    There might be a large offer for his services next season from another club and if it is large enough I expect us to take it.

    Lets just hope that I’m wrong and that he’ll return fit as a fiddle next season and play to his full potential for us.

  • 10 Dennis Twice // Mar 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    …what Dennis says “Attack Toon Attack Attack!”

  • 11 Dennis Twice // Mar 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Last?




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