Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Hatem Ben Arfa will be very busy this summer, with the midfielder recovering from a broken leg.
While Ben Arfa was in Newcastle to launch the new Toon kit yesterday, Pardew told The Journal he is back in France continuing his recovery.
“He’s back at Clairefontaine, it looks like he’s got a busy summer ahead of him,” the Newcastle manager said.
“We can only hope he’s going to come back the same player. It’s a tough injury he had, so we can only wait.”
Ben Arfa broke his leg in October last year, and had to have two operations to try and repair the damage.
While the Frenchman was hoping to make a comeback to the Newcastle side before the end of the season, he suffered a ‘minor setback’ which left the midfielder looking at waiting until the start of next season to take to St James’ pitch again.
Ben Arfa’s advisor, Simon Stainrod, said that pin pointing an exact date for the star’s return would be impossible, though he is healing in good time.
“To be honest a lot of that speculation in the first place was to keep his spirits up because of the nature of the injury,” Stanroid said.
“But it serves no purpose now to start speculating on when he’s going to back. He has had a very serious injury and it is just a case of letting nature take its course.”
“He’s not a million miles away and he’s making great progress, but he will be back when he’s back.
“It is maybe six weeks until pre-season and Hatem is kicking balls around already. He’s in good condition.”