Chelsea striker Demba Ba was forced out of Saturday's English Premier League clash with Newcastle United after suffering a broken nose in the first half at St. James' Park, according to Fox Sports' Rob Stone (via Twitter):
Broken nose for #CFC 's Ba.Hopefully that's it, but when you take a boot to the head, more is usually involved.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) February 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 9:12 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Demba Ba is doubtful for Chelsea's matchup with Wigan this coming Saturday because of the broken nose he suffered this past weekend against Newcastle United according to SkySports.com.
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Ba was injured when Newcastle midfielder Fabricio Coloccini's boot caught him square in the nose. He tried to stay in the game after receiving some treatment, but was forced off the pitch late in the first half.
Fernando Torres replaced Ba in the 42nd minute.
Blues fans can only hope that the 27-year-old forward is able to return to action soon. Ba, who was acquired this January from Newcastle ironically, has 14 goals in 24 EPL appearances in 2012-13. He has scored three times since arriving at Stamford Bridge (one EPL goal).
Ba was a prolific scorer with Newcastle, netting 29 EPL goals in 54 appearances from 2011 to 2013. In addition to excelling on England's grandest football stage, he has starred for the Senegal national team for the past few years as well.
As for his club, Chelsea is currently in the top four of the EPL table this season, but is well behind first place Manchester United and second place Manchester City. The Blues will need all the help they can get the rest of the way in order to challenge for the Premier League championship.
Keep it right here for more information on Ba's status as it becomes available.
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