Ben Arfa glad to return

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Newcastle United forward Hatem Ben Arfa is ready to return to his best form, after making his comeback from a double leg break against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup in mid-week.

Ben Arfa played just a handful of times for the Toon before picking up the injury following a tackle by Nigel De Jong.

After 11 months out, the Frenchman says he feels born again.

"My leg was shattered in two places. One bit pointing this way, the other pointing the wrong direction but now it has finally healed, and it is straight again!" Ben Arfa said.

"It took a year, there were setbacks along the way but now it is right. It is a massive relief.

"It was 11 months. I was sad and a very frustrated at times but I had to keep calm. I wanted the whole process to hurry up. I wanted it to be ready immediately.


"I have not been depressed, but I have certainly been sad. It has been hard watching the team play and not being involved. It is difficult to come back from a big injury like the one I suffered, but now it is finished and I will put it behind me.

"So many things went through my mind," he added. "It was not just worrying about football. It was life in general. It is difficult to explain, but it has made me a bit more patient, I appreciate my career now.

"I think it can make me a stronger person, coming through that sort of trauma. My heart is stronger.

"I have to make sure that, in the long run, it becomes an experience that I learn from - a good experience, in a way. Now it is finished, though.

"I am very happy to be playing again. It has been a difficult year, a long, hard time for me physically and mentally. I am delighted now to have got back on the pitch."

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Hatem Ben Arfa
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