Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa is still recovering from a knee injury after a rough tackle by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong in early October, but the French international says he could have been worse off.
“I needed a second operation because I had an infection," Ben Arfa told reporters.
"It was a big infection which could have been very dangerous.
"I was told that I could have had my leg cut off if they didn't operate on me very quickly."
Recovering from such an injury has been both physically and emotionally hard for the 24 year old, and Ben Arfa had nothing but the kindest words to say about Newcastle’s treatment of him during such a difficult time.
"You take a blow, that's for sure, and I started seeing myself as someone whose career was over, who no longer plays football.
"That brought me closer to my friends and I started to really think about things because I wasn't in the spotlight,” the Newcastle winger said.
"I travelled a bit and the break did me a lot of good and hopefully it stands me in good stead for the future.
"Newcastle showed me so much respect and a lot of live that I want to give back to them.
"I will give everything I can for this club because they trusted me and, for a human being, that is really touching."
While Ben Arfa was on loan from Marseille when the injury occurred, he has now signed a permanent deal at St James' Park.
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