Demba Ba’s career is in danger of being over after the former Chelsea striker suffered a horrific leg break while playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
The 31-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge in 2014, sustained the injury in the clash with Shanghai SIPG where his left leg tangled with defender Sun Xiang and was left at a right angle.
Senegal international Ba was rushed to hospital and placed under general anaesthesia, awaking four hours later in considerable pain.
According to medical staff, the first question the forward asked was: “Did we win the game?”
“It could end his professional career,” said coach Gregorio Manzano. “I would rather lose the game than lose Ba.”
Chelsea, for whom he scored 14 goals in 51 appearances, wished their former player a speedy recovery.
All at Chelsea FC send our best wishes to former striker @dembabafoot. Get well soon Demba.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 17, 2016
Former Chelsea teammate John Terry added: “Terrible news to hear of Demba Ba’s injury today. Wishing you a quick recovery mate.”