Ben Arfa will be back in action in April.

Hatem Ben Arfa.

Hatem Ben Arfa.
Benny back in black... and white soon?
Newcastle United’s charismatic French midfielder, Hatem Ben Arfa is moving ever closer to a return to the first team, and Alan Pardew believes that the Wolves game on April 2nd could see the 23-year-old return to competitive action.

If that is the case it will mean that Ben Arfa will have been out of action for six months as a result of the double leg break injury that he sustained against Manchester City at the start of October. It’s a long time, and I expect that we won’t be seeing the best of Ben Arfa at all in the remainder of this season.

It’s important not to heap too much pressure and expectation on the lad. He has been out a long long time in terms of football and will need to take things steady as he eases his way back into the first team. The last thing any of us want is to run the risk of the lad suffering a setback that could see him out for a longer period.

This is another reason why it’s pretty handy that Newcastle have all but guaranteed Premier League survival. The need to throw a special player like Ben Arfa in at the deep end is greatly reduced as there is no need to resort to desperate measures to try and get points on the board in the final few weeks of the season. At least I hope that is the case anyway!

Ben Arfa has been putting in the hours on his recovery away from Tyneside, which will mean that when he returns he will only have to achieve match fitness. I say only because for pinnacles of fitness such as myself and Hatem it’s not actually that hard to do πŸ˜‰

β€œI may look at Wolves,” said Pardew. “He’ll not be toned up, as he has been out for so long. He’s running, but he’s a good month away. You’d like to think he’s got every chance of playing against Wolves. The Stoke game is probably too soon for him.”

If Ben Arfa can make an impact upon his return then fair enough, but I’m not holding out much hope and certainly won’t be getting on his back if he takes a while to get back in the swing of things. What I will do however, is remember what he can do. Here is a reminder….



More of that and it will be worth the wait!

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118 thoughts on “Ben Arfa will be back in action in April.

  1. The last thing any of us want is to run the risk of the lad suffering a setback that could see him out for a longer period.
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    That is very true. But we also don’t want to disrupt the squad too much (assuming we are still playing well) by reconfiguring everything.

    Still a very welcomed addition- I can’t help but think his ability to create for himself may have been the difference in several matches this year

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  2. Is there such thing as having a set back with an impact injury like what he had?

    More than likely he may get muscle strains from not working them in such a long time

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  3. mais oui c’est tres bon.
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    vive le HBA

    Great strike that, cant think who it reminds me of

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  4. Now if Jonas and enrique would only have the inspiration to cut loose a hard low shot now and then when they get into the same position NUFC would be a massive threat to any and all defenses.

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  5. I just hope that Benny dosn’t try to rush back, we will be safe by then so I would rather he took his time, but I guess he will be itching to get back in the team πŸ˜€
    reet break over back to do a bit catch you’s later πŸ˜‰

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  6. I Love Mike
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    “Is there such thing as having a set back with an impact injury like what he had?”

    I’d call the following a setback as it is a consequence of his injury πŸ˜‰

    “More than likely he may get muscle strains from not working them in such a long time”

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  7. DanToon

    Neither, I want him behind the striker in a free role causing havoc everywhere!
    Gervinho can play on the right if we get him! πŸ™‚ (well I know I’m dreaming but that’d be unreal)
    Or Ben Arfa on the right and Ireland behind the striker.

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  8. well reet of footy,but for you lads that like news,my m8 in airport control has sent me this text from malta

    libyan passenger airliner tried to land here but wasnt given permission. it had gadafi’s children on itdont know if it was a good move .

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  9. On a side note, bumped into Collo at Adventure Lands today.
    What a top bloke, spent ages allowing folk to have their kids photographed with him and signing autographs….including my own son. πŸ˜†

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  10. JJ – Yeah that sounds like a plan to me.

    I was thinking before we could get Taiwo and Cisse and still have the 35 million left. πŸ˜†

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  11. TOONSY lol,he does spend millions in malta,has two 5star hotels there,have a good friend there got a 20mil contract there to build two car-parks and small road 6wks ago,hope he gets payed,he helps local footy clubs πŸ˜₯

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  12. Ice- I hope your mate insisted on an upfront payment. I think Mr. Gaddafi is about to learn the definition of the term “asset freeze”

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  13. Just wait until this spreads to Saudi Arabia- we’ll all be walking to work and installing wood burning stoves in our homes

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  14. MDS dont know he just a lad i go with to local games out there a lot,this is his third contract hes had with libya in 6months,hes nee dummy like,def been payed for first two

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  15. Batty – Fully booked. Well unless I want to pay Β£146 or stay in Felling 😯

    I think I’d rather sleep rough πŸ˜†

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  16. TOONSY ime not m8,trying to save cash for young!ns move.if your stuck,drop me mail you can kip here got small spare b/room

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  17. Toonsy…If ya don’t mind being oot of toon try The Village hotel near Silverlink, cheaper if ya book there via booking.com tho

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  18. Ice’s hoose is like “the hill’s have eyes”…ya’ll never be seen or heard from again!!! 😈 πŸ˜†

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  19. Rich – What is booking.com like? Is it sound? I don’t trust them to be honest.

    Last time I booked a hotel using one of them I booked for Newcastle Australia not Newcastle England πŸ˜₯

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  20. Toonsy…just used it to book a few for the wedding, it was cheaper doing it on there than with the wedding party discount via the hotel πŸ˜•
    Didn’t have any bother with any of the rooms, and the breakfast is sound, ya pile it on yersel πŸ˜‰ …….twice πŸ˜€

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  21. BATTY you know diff,ill always speak to you m8,few on here put together wouldnt make a half-wit,when it comes to footy πŸ™„ πŸ˜€

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