Down but not out: Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba says he is not retiring despite horror Shanghai Shenhua leg break

The 31-year-old suffered the injury against Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League at the weekend

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 July, 2016, 5:11pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 July, 2016, 5:11pm

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba is not considering retirement after suffering a career-threatening broken leg while playing for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League at the weekend.

The 31-year-old collapsed in the second half of his side’s derby victory over Shanghai SIPG, with his left leg giving way beneath his knee as he fell to the ground.

But the Senegalese, who is currently the Super League’s top scorer with 14 goals after moving to China in June last year, hopes to be back in time for next season.

“This is a really bad injury but I can overcome it. I won’t call time on my career, that’s for sure,” Ba, who also had spells with West Ham United and Newcastle United, told Radio Monte Carlo.

“The season here ends in November and the new one starts in March. I’ll do my best to return in time for the season after that.”

Shanghai Shenhua are currenlty fifth in the Super League and will face Shijiazhuang Ever Bright on Thursday.