Stricken Newcastle United loanee Hatem Ben Arfa has admitted the level of support he has received following his double leg break has left him feeling overwhelmed.
The Marseille playmaker suffered the injury in the Premier League clash at Manchester City after tough-tackling midfielder Nigel De Jong caught him with a full-bloodied challenge.
Despite the major setback, the France international wants to make a swift return to the Magpies first team and show his appreciation to the club’s supporters.
“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,” he said.
“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. 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.
“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. I am following all of Newcastle’s games all the way.”