Following a horrific injury during the Shanghai derby on Sunday in the Chinese Super League, Demba Ba‘s career may be over.
His coach at Shanghai Shenhua, Gregorio Manzano, was distraught after seeing Ba’s horrendous leg break following a coming together with Shanghai SIPG’s Sun Xiang in the second half of Shenhua’s 2-1 win.
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It appeared Xiang kicked Ba’s shin as the duo tussled for the ball but the challenge was pretty innocuous and more of a tangling of legs.
It was only when Ba fell to the ground that the realization arrived as to the severity of the injury with his bone clearly sticking out of his shinguard and sock.
The diagnosis is a fractured tibia and fibula with Ba’s recovery time expected to be at least eight months as he continues to recover in hospital.
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French outlet RMC quoted Manzano as saying that he feared this could be the end for Ba.
“It’s maybe the end of his professional career,” Manzano said. “I would have preferred to lose the match than lose Demba Ba. God is unfair. Ba is too good to have this happened to him.”
The towering Senegalese striker, 31, has scored 14 times in 18 CSL games this season and has been a revelation since arriving in China from Besiktas.
Judging by the comments from his manager, the early prognosis is not good for the former West Ham United, Newcastle United and Chelsea striker.
Below you can see an x-ray image of Ba’s left leg.
We will not show you a video clip or pictures of the image itself because it is stomach-churning and horrendous to see a player suffering that much pain.