Hatem return to the premier league has been delayed.Hatem ben arfa aged 23 suffered a major set back when he had a double break injury on his left leg,breaking both his tibia and fibula.As a result he had undergone two operations that helped him to start running again.He was aiming to return for the wolves match However Alan Pardew(Boss of NUFC) believes he will need more time to be mentally and pysically fit.
'I am going to protect him. I can't just throw him in,' said Pardew, confirming that the player's rehabilitaion - most of which has been spent in Paris - will continue over the forthcoming weeks. 'The Wolves game sound optimistic, even though I'm sure, in his own mind, he has set that as his target. 'But he is still very much in the process of recovery and he has a long road back. It may even take us into May. Comeback trail: Ben Arfa could be available again for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew in May'To break both bones in the shin is tough, not just physically, but mentally, too.' The France international signed for Newcastle on a permanent deal from Marseille in January despite his bad injury. But Ben Arfa did enough to turn his season-long loan into a four-and-a-half year deal at St James' Park after scoring one goal in five appearances at the beginning of the term.