After suffering a horrific broken leg during the Shanghai derby, Shanghai Shenhua striker Demba Ba is targeting to be fit by the star of the new Chinese Super League. At first view, Ba’s leg break looked like it could be a potential career threating injury, but Ba’s agent Alex Gontran has told the media that “Demba is feeling better now” and that the striker will make a full recovery, insisting that it will not force his client to retire.
The injury occurred during the second half of Shanghai Shenhua 2-1 win over Shanghai SIPG; Ba was caught by what looked an awkward tackle by SIPG defender Sun Xiang.
Ba will be a significant loss for Shanghai Shenhua, the former Newcastle and Chelsea striker has netted 14 goals in 18 appearances so far this season. Ba is currently the top scorer in the Chinese Super League and has scored nearly half of Shanghai Shenhua goals this season. Obafemi Martins and Giovanni Moreno are Shenhua second top soccer’s but only have 4 each.
Gontran went on to say “He’s already been through something like that, as he fractured his tibia ten tears ago. He’s not worried now; he just needs time to come back stronger than ever. He’ll undergo surgery under a French doctor on Friday morning. We all hope he’ll be able to start the next season with Shanghai Shenhua in March. The club is doing everything it can to ensure that Demba is properly taken care of, and we’re grateful to them for it. Demba is strong as a rock. Life has many ways of testing someone’s will. God will help Demba to find the strength to come back to the field.”