Newcastle United have revealed that midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will be out until the new year as they look to manage his hamstring injury in order to stop it tearing completely which would lead to a lengthy lay off.
Speaking about the problem, manager Alan Pardew said
He potentially could pick up a tear if we chance him. We think he will miss three or four weeks to make sure he is ok.
The hope is that by resting the player for up to four weeks Newcastle can avoid the player being out for up to three months which would be the expected recovery time for a tear.
The lay-off will rule Ben Arfa out for Newcastle’s games against Manchester United and Arsenal over the Christmas period.
Hamstrings are the tendons which attach the hamstring muscles of the thigh to the thigh bone and are the cause of one of the most common injuries in football. The purpose of hamstrings is to bend the knee as well as straighten or extend the hip and the hamstring muscles one of the most important muscles in the body when it comes to running and jumping.
The majority of hamstring injuries heal without the need for surgery and the general goal of treatment is to ensure that they heal without any scaring being caused. Treatment generally consists of rest, compression, ice.