Ben Arfa’s Hamstring Still Not Right

Alan Pardew has said that he cannot have Hatem Ben Arfa play too much before the end of the season, because if the Frenchman plays too much and is fatigued, he could tear the hamstring again – for a third time – which would not be good.

ben arfa at liverpool

Ben Arfa – in action against Liverpool

So much for the experts a couple of weeks ago saying that the hamstring was now 100%, and we are  wondering if only rest in the summer will be enough to fully heal and repair the hamstring – or maybe some operation will be necessary after all.

It seems that Newcastle have been all over the map with Hatem and his hamstring since he first picked it up last November,  saying he was fit and then saying he was out for the season and needed an operation, and then bringing him back after specialists had said he had scar tissue and the hamstring was 100%.

This is what Alan said about the French winger:

“I still need to protect Hatem’s hamstring. I can’t afford to lose him in the run-in.” “If we get him into a position where he is fatigued, then there is more chance of him injuring his hamstring again.”

“I will use Hatem to the maximum without him getting into a fatigued area. Basically, I am going to have to shepherd him back the best I can.”

“Hatem is as cautious as we are that his hamstring is protected because he knows that not only can he influence games by coming off the bench, but that we also need him for next season.”

“That is probably more important than anyone else, that we get a good pre-season out of him, and he’s raring to go at that kick-off in August.”

But of course Newcastle are also right to take a safety-first attitude and it seems we will only see him on as a substitute in the remaining five games of the season,.

But this Frenchman can cause players a lot of trouble, especially when he comes on after say 65 minutes, when opposing defenders may be tiring.

Ben Arfa has played 17 times this season for Newcastle with three goals and three assists.

But it means he will not start this afternoon, in what is turning out to be a crucial game for Newcastle and Alan Pardew.

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10 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Having his Sat nav send him to a party in Hendon mackem land instead of Hendon north London is too good for Ashley .

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    West Ham v Wigan is as important as our game.

    So long as Wigan keep losing and their players look to the FA Cup and try not to pick up injuries and suspensions we’ll be alright.

    What a season …

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Who f***in’ cares I’m totally pissed of this season.

    Only thing we are good at is being top of the injury list table

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully watching a team he paid millions for, lose 0-3 at home is too much for Ashley, and he’ll realise a bargain basement “Yes” man running the show isn’t a clever idea.

    Please don’t let Pardew be in charge for another season …

  • Bambams

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    This suspect hamstring may put off interested clubs…..

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    reading between the lines, benny aint gonna get any playing time today

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    It is common knowledge that nobody else was interviewed for the job when Chris Hughton was ruthlessly sacked, so that means that Pardew was hired for a specific reason by the same person or persons who masterminded the appointment of Dennis Wise as a technical advisor to twice European footballer of the year Kevin Keegan and the appointment of the unlovable rascal JFK, what these specific reasons are remains to be seen but my guess is that Pardew is a yes man who was forewarned that the fans would be lied to and that he would be the mouthpiece to translate this.


    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Just don,t freeking play him then Pardew?

  • ArtyH

    Apr 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Problem is there seems to be lots of tallent in the team but no heart ( except for Taylor- heading the ball while on the ground eg ). Would it make a difference with Carol back??? For anything under £9m would have thought so. Is Hatem another Dyer???

  • toon-farmer

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Is it just me or has HBA put on alot of weight?????


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