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.
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.
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