The Shanghai Shenhua striker broke his ankle in horrific circumstances during a clash with Shanghai SIPG, but is already focusing on his return to action, says his representative
Shanghai Shenhua striker Demba Ba is not thinking about retirement despite breaking his ankle in horrific fashion, according to his agent Alexandre Gontran. The former Chelsea man, 31, sustained the horrendous injury during his side’s Chinese Super League encounter with Shanghai SIPG on Sunday.
Fears were subsequently raised that Ba’s career may be over due to the problem, but his representative insists that his client is fully focused on his recovery and is targeting a return to action in March.
"Demba feels better now,” Gontran told Sportmasta exclusively. “He is already aware of this kind of problem, because he broke the same tibia ten years ago. He's not worried about it. He just needs time to come back stronger than ever.
"It will be operated on by a French surgeon on Friday morning. We believe and hope he'll start next season with Shanghai Shenhua in March.
“The club is doing its best to provide all care to Demba, and we are grateful to them for that.
"He's strong as a rock. Life has many ways to test the will of a person. God will help Demba find strength to return to the pitch.”
Ba has also rubbished claims that he could be forced to retire due to the injury, telling reporters: "It really is a serious injury, but I believe I will overcome it. I will not finish my career, that's for sure.”