Senegalese international and former Newcastle and Chelsea striker Demba Ba has suffered a horrific leg break in the Chinese Super League derby clash between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG on Sunday 17 July.
The 31-year-old Shenhua striker went down after a tangle of legs with SIPG captain Sun Xiang in the 64th minute but it was immediately apparent that the Senegalese had broken his left leg.
The Chinese international made contact with Ba’s ankle but the severity of the injury only became apparent once the striker went down.
Shenhua went on to win 2-1 with late goals from Yunding Cao and former Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin but Ba’s condition will be of serious concern to the club.
Ba is the top scorer in the Chinese Super League, with 14 goals in 18 games that have fired the Flower of Shanghai to fifth in the table.
He joined the team from Turkish giants Besiktas in June 2015.