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.
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"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):
Demba Ba suffers horrific leg injury during Shanghai Derby. WARNING: This graphic video might upset some viewers https://t.co/QgZdJoMDRI2016-7-18 00:09:04
Meanwhile, Marca provided a picture of the Senegalese forward's X-ray (warning: contains graphic content):
Así es la horrible radiografía de la lesión de Demba Ba https://t.co/Nhu4Ywn3Gp https://t.co/7stq0COXN92016-7-18 09:23:58
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.