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'That could end a player's career': Coach left shaken by Demba Ba's horrific leg break

‘Football is unfair sometimes to let such a terrible thing happen to such a good man.’

Ba in Besiktas colours after facing Liverpool in the Europa League in 2015.
Ba in Besiktas colours after facing Liverpool in the Europa League in 2015.
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THERE ARE FEARS for the career of former Chelsea striker Demba Ba after the 31-year-old suffered a horrific broken leg in the Shanghai derby at the weekend.

The Senegalese Shenua striker tangled with SIPG defender and captain Sun Xiang in the 63rd minute of his side’s 2-1 Chinese Super League victory.

As the pair fell, Ba’s left leg was caught between the turf and his opponent’s boot, bending at a sickening angle and then appearing to snap gruesomely below the knee.

(Caution: this is the video of the incident and if you’re not fond of seeing bones facing the wrong way, do not press play.)

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Shenhua’s medical team raced on to the pitch without waiting for the referee’s signal and the match was stopped for eight minutes while the Chinese Super League’s top scorer, with 14 goals, was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

Speaking after the match, a visibly shaken Shenhua coach Gregorio Manzano said the incident was potentially career-ending.

“In my 33 years as a coach I have won, drawn and lost games, but today is the most bitter victory because what happened to Demba Ba is what no one ever wants to see,” Manzano said.

Football is unfair sometimes to let such a terrible thing happen to such a good man. That could end a player’s career.”

Shenhua, who won the match 2-1, described the injury as a broken leg and said the incident — for which Sun was not booked — was “unfortunate” in a statement released on Monday.

Manzano told local media that Ba, who also played for Newcastle and West Ham in England, would be out for at least seven months.

“If I can choose, I’d rather lose the match than lose Demba Ba,” Manzano told the Shanghai Daily.

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