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Ben Arfa Can't Wait To Return

Written by Newcastle Utd

Injured star Hatem Ben Arfa is still following Newcastle from afar and is counting down the days until his return

By Dan King

Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed how he is watching all of Newcastle's games on television as he recovers from a double leg break in Tunisia.

The French star says he is "doing well" as he stays with his grandparents for the initial stages of his recuperation, and that he's doing all he can to return to action as soon as possible.

Ben Arfa spoke to The Magpies' matchday programme ahead of the Sunderland game and said: "I am doing really well. I am staying with my grandparents and that is good for the psychology aspect because it is not easy with an injury like this.

"It is a long process. There is not a lot I can do in these early stages and it is a case of waiting for the bone to mend.

"I was really enjoying my time at Newcastle and it hurt to have found a club that I was really happy at, only to get injured.

"I watched the West Ham game on television and it pained me that I couldn't be on the pitch and be part of it, but I am motivated and I can't wait to get back and get out on the pitch again. I am feeling very positive and it is very good for me to be here with my family."

The 23-year-old added: "I am following all of Newcastle's games all the way, I've been in touch with a few of the players and I just want to do everything I can to get back onto the pitch as quickly as possible.

"By being where I am at the moment and getting a little bit of treatment, time is passing a bit faster and I'm feeling good.

"I have received so many messages and wishes from the fans and all I can say is thank you. I think the best way I can repay the Newcastle fans will be out on the pitch when I come back.

"I have been gobsmacked by the amount of messages and best wishes from the fans and I've never been at a club where I have been so well received. Actions speak louder than words and I will repay those thanks when I return on the pitch."

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