Ben Arfa To Play Again This Season – Uncertainty About Injury?


It seems that Hatem Ben Arfa’s hamstring injury has improved significantly in the last two weeks, as he has been rehabilitating in France, and the improvement is enough to have the Newcastle manager think he could even play again this season.

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Ben Arfa in action against Anzhi in Moscow

It was exactly two weeks ago that Alan Pardew said that Ben Arfa would be out for the season, and would need surgery for the hamstring injury, that he initially picked up in November against Maritimo.

Ben Arfa then played twice for Newcastle after the injury, the first time was in early December when he played at Fulham and scored a fantastic goal, and then over three months later he played in Moscow in the first leg of the Anzhi tie – but he had a bad reaction to both games, which led Alan to say after the Anzhi game that he needed surgery.

At the time we wondered why he hadn’t had surgery back in December, and he could have been fit by mid-March.

And today Alan Pardew seems to be backtracking from his mid-March comments, and he had this to say to the Evening Chronicle.

“We’re getting more optimistic he could be involved again before the end of the season.”

So what happens if Ben Arfa comes back in say three weeks time and plays and then – for the third time – he has a negative reaction after the game.

It seems the medics are not quite sure about the extent of the Frenchman’s hamstring injury – he either needs an operation or he doesn’t – and we don’t want this problem lingering on over the summer.

If he needs an operation why not have it now – and he’ll be fully fit for pre-season.

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Those new kits would do nicely, was expecting them to be awful! If im honest ive not brought a shirt since we went onto puma because the quality is dire

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  • carl

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Our medics have had a poor season. They delayed Cabaye’s op on the grounds of rest being the answer.

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  • coatesy17

    Mar 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    @2 because naybe cabaye had told them of his depression? I believe hatem ben arfa will return against the mackems….. I hope anyhow.

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  • toonaids

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    not worth risking him, stupid enough to start him on a hard ground pitch just after coming back from a hamstring injury, i say see how the next few games go and if needs be have him on the bench to flip the game in an emergency sub role, anything like that to avoid relegation or qualify for the next stage of the europa

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  • numba9

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t rush him back again the medical staff need looking at this year they have been dire. And most of the players have started going away to do rehab Benny in France colo in Argentina etc

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  • dmac

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    He needs to shed some timber before then!

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  • Owldman

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Toonaids, you cant rap the player in cotton wool! Unless you haven’t noticed we are still on the fringe of the relegation battle, no good relying on others to help us.If HBA has to be used to ensure our Prem safety so be it the Europa is not a priority , Prem league survival is.

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  • Owldman

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Another point regarding HBA has he been training? Has he been able to train? Have Toon been monitoring his physical condition while he’s been back in France, if not then there should questions asked.Did Toon bring him back regularly to check his weight and physical condition, or did they just trust him to take care of himself!

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  • toonaids

    Mar 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    owldman indeed

    im not saying rap him in cotton wool im just saying he could be used more effectively than we have used him, he didnt play all season so we decide to bring him back on a hard ground pitch, in russia, sub zero conditions, just back from injury hoping he will be magnificant through out the whole game never mind match fitness and such. id well use him for the last half an hour of each of our games, dont need to rush him back but when everyones knacked and hes not to full match fitness hed do more damage as an impact sub at present than he would if he started, i would easily rely on the players we’ve got fit and we have an alright bench, i think you need not rely on ben arfa to get us out of the scrap we are in!

    ps i dreamt we got beat of sunderland 2-1

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