Demba Ba Injury: Updates on Shanghai Shenhua Striker's Leg and Return

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured Columnist

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Demba Ba of Besiktas speaks to the press during the Europa League Besiktas Press Conference at White Hart Lane on October 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Ian Walton/Getty Images

Shanghai Shenhua striker Demba Ba suffered a broken leg against Shanghai SIPG on July 17, but he remains positive the incident won't end his professional career.

Continue for updates.

Ba Posts Instagram Clip After Surgery

Monday, July 25

Ba Comments on Recovery

Wednesday, July 20

"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," the striker told Radio Monte Carlo (h/t PA Sport, via ESPN FC).

"They haven't done the full operation because I told them to wait. 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."

Manzano Fearful for Ba's Future

Monday, July 18

Ba suffered the injury after colliding with another player in the 70th minute, with his team going on to win 2-1. Per French outlet RMC (h/t ESPN FC), manager Gregorio Manzano said: "It's maybe the end of his professional career. I would have preferred to lose the match than lose [Ba]."

A video of the incident can be seen here, via AtTheBuzzer (warning: contains graphic content): 

Meanwhile, Marca provided a picture of the Senegalese forward's X-ray (warning: contains graphic content):

Ba No Stranger to Serious Injury

Former clubs Newcastle United and Chelsea were among those to send their best wishes to the 31-year-old, who reportedly was more concerned with the result of the game after waking up in hospital, per Bleacher Report UK.

Ba had scored 14 goals in 18 Chinese Super League games this season prior to his injury, but time spent on the sidelines has been a common occurrence during his career.

He broke the same leg in two places in 2006, while his time in the Premier League was dogged with concern over his knee, though he was able to avoid any serious injuries during his time in England.