Newcastle welcome back Ben Arfa

05 April 2011 06:45
Hatem Ben Arfa has returned to training at Newcastle United, six months after suffering a double leg break against Manchester City.The midfielder joined the squad in a warm-up on Tuesday, after doing most of his rehabilitation in France. [LNB]"It is great to be back with Newcastle and with the lads," said Ben Arfa. [LNB]The France international broke his left tibia and fibula in a challenge with Nigel de Jong in a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City. [LNB]He had surgery to repair the damage, then needed a second operation to tackle an infection. [LNB]"It has been a difficult period without football, but I am pleased with how my recovery has gone," Ben Arfa told the club's website. [LNB]He also paid tribute to Newcastle fans for their support while he has been out injured. [LNB]The 24-year-old scored the only goal of the game on his full debut for the club, a 1-0 victory away at Everton on 18 September, but played only one further full match before suffering his injury on 3 October.[LNB] HATEM BEN ARFA BIOG Graduate of France's famed Clairefontaine youth academyJoined French side Lyon in 2002, and won four Ligue 1 titlesMade an £8.5m move in 2008 to Marseille, where he won another league championship in 2009-10 Ben Arfa was initially signed last August by former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton on a season-long loan from Marseille. [LNB]But Hughton's successor Alan Pardew, who took charge in December, wanted to secure the Frenchman for the longer term and in January Ben Arfa signed for Newcastle until June 2015. [LNB]Paris-born Ben Arfa has eight caps for the France national team, the last of which came as a scoring substitute in last August's 2-1 friendly defeat by Norway.

Source: BBC_Sport