Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa has completed his rehabilitation from the horrific leg break suffered last season, and has declared himself 100 per cent fit for the new campaign when he plans to repay the faith shown in him by the club.
The 24-year-old Frenchman sustained a double fracture just four games into his Magpies loan spell, and admitted he feared the worst.
But despite his early setback, the former Marseille man showed enough potential to convince manager Alan Pardew to complete a permanent deal for the talented forward in the January transfer window.
Now Ben Arfa is looking to prove Pardew was right to keep the faith and is ready and raring to run out at St James' Park again next season, alongside the club's other summer arrivals.
"It was a very serious injury, of course, and took a long time to recover from, but I'm 100 per cent fit now," he confirmed.
"A lot of my recovery was done at Clairefontaine, the French football centre, where I was under the control of the doctor who did the operation back in October.
"I also came back to Newcastle for various updates with the club's medical staff here, then back to Clairefontaine to continue the recovery, and I managed to get a couple of breaks in as well because you need that to keep the morale going.
"And now I'm no longer under the doctor, so all the hard work has paid off. It was a very, very difficult few months and I'm really happy that now it's all over and I can get cracking. I'm really eager to get back.
"It's good for my morale that we have signed such good players from France, players that I know and that I have played against. It's going to be really good.
"I spoke to Sylvain Marveaux before he came here and it was a very good conversation. I told him it was the right place for Sylvain to come and I'm very glad he took my advice."
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