Good News On Hatem Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa could play again before the end of the season, and if that turns out to be the case,  it could be a huge boost for Newcastle in our fight to stay in the Premier League this season.

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Ben Arfa – last in action against Anzhi in Moscow

The French International has returned from France where he was rehabilitating and getting ready for an operation on his troublesome hamstring injury, but the injury seems to have improved since he last played against Anzhi in Moscow in early March, and he is now expected to play before the end of the season.

When that will be is a good question, but Newcastle still have seven games left in the season, and a second European tie against Benfica on Thursday night.

Alan Pardew said last month that he thought an operation was necessary on the Frenchman the week after he had played in Moscow, but he then backtracked on that a week later.

The good news is that the French winger is training again, and he trained yesterday, but  when he can play again is still an open question – but maybe next Thursday or in the local derby against Sunderland next Sunday?

The Europa League has cost Newcastle dearly this season in terms of injuries, and Hatem was injured in the home tie against Maritimo in November in the Group stages, and he has really never been right since.

He returned in the game against Fulham on December 10th, and scored a great goal, but we lost that game 2-1 and play Fulham again this afternoon, and we must win the game if we are to get away from the relegation zone.

The Frenchman had a bad reaction after the Fulham game and didn’t play again until the game in Moscow against Anzhi on March 7th, and again he had a bad reaction after that game.

We hope he can come back this season – and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.

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12 comments so far

  • ash1001

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope this is not another false dawn for HBA, we need him on the pitch

  • papattack

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    i know it isnt fashionable anymore but what do people think about 4-4-2 for todays game?


    i know everybody loves 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 these days but without benny in the team i think we’re lacking through the centre.

    goufran is a striker too at the end of the day, cisse needs some support, sissoko makes good runs but i think he’d be just as effective coming from deep a’la yaya toure style and if we’re stuggling push him further forward. works for citeh!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Hard to work out what’s going on with HBA.
    If he is enjoying his life in Newcastle why does he want to leave his home/possessions to live out of a suitcase at or near a training centre in France?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    it will be a better than average ‘suitcase’ for one thing 🙂

    will he be back in the shop window sorry Arsenal game? who knows.

  • papattack

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    hatems better than messi

    i think hes patriotic and likes to spend time in france, footballs his job at the end of the day. just like going home after working away.

    or hes off in the summer lol

  • bills-son

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I see Jol is saying that they need three more points asap to be totally safe from relegation. Any toon fan or player thinking Fulham will have an end of season strolling approach to this game has been warned.

    This game reminds me of the Portsmouth game back in the 90’s when we faced relegation to the old third division. We had to win that home game and the tension in the crowd could be felt by every fan. The noise and sense of relief when David Kelly hit a screamer into the top corner ten minutes from the end was incredible. Those last ten minutes until the whistle went were heart attack material.

    I’ve got the same butterflies in the stomach for the Fulham game that I had that day and I hope we get the same win but by a bigger and less stressful score.

    No matter what our different opinions about Pardew, Ashley, formations or anything else we all want the same thing today – a win. HWTL.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7


  • outsidethebox

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    would like to see toon play fluid 4-3-3 converting to 4-5-1..
    simpson tayls mbai santon
    sissoko cabs gutti
    marv cisse gutti…will be interesting to see subs ..perch anita bigi…only shola and campbell as offensive players

  • outsidethebox

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    whoops meant marv cisse gouffran

  • toonaids

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    defo would try 4-4-2 like. cisse up front isnt getting enough, weve got enough in the middle of the field to make chances, one extra body up there wouold be a shout, take the attention of of cisse, gives gouffran a chance, and maybe would free up cabaye to get in a better position, need our centre backs to be on form thoughwith fulham today they arent all that great, but have berbatov who is like cisseas a striker just lazier

  • toonaids

    Apr 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    and if hatems training, give him 10/15minutes sub appearance if we need to nick a goal either for a draw or a win, we need every point and ten minutes in my opinion isnt much of a risk on a player who can turn a game

  • Sav

    Apr 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Hatem’s return neither here nor there as long a she is fit for Augustt. But is there no update on injuries and the walking wounded after Fulham game?


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