Demba Ba says he will not retire despite horrendous leg break

Demba Ba says he will not retire despite horrendous leg break


Senegal forward and former Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle striker, Demba Ba, says he has no intentions of putting an end to his football career despite suffering a horrendous leg break playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday.

Ba, 31, collapsed during a challenge with Shanghai SIPG defender, Sun Xiang with his left leg giving way beneath the knee.

However, the Senegalese international who is recovering from the painful injury in a hospital in Shanghai, is not going to let the injury put an end to his days on the football field. He said in an interview with Radio Monte Carlo: “This is a really bad injury but I know I can overcome it. I won’t call time on my career, that’s for sure.

“They haven’t done the full operation because I told them to wait.

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 “I wanted to go to Europe to have it done but when I learned that was not possible I arranged with the doctor here to sort me out a French surgeon who should arrive shortly. He will operate on me.

“There are other players who have returned from similar injuries, like Hatem Ben Arfa.

“Something similar happened to me earlier in my career and the treatment options are much better now. I think I’ll make a speedier return this time.

“The season here ends in November and the new one starts in March. I’ll do my best to return in time for the season after that.”

Demba Ba, who joined Shenhua from Turkish club Besiktas last year is the highest goal scorer in the Chinese Super League with 14 goals in 18 games.

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