The Senegalese striker copped a boot to the face from the Argentine centre-back during Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at Sports Direct Arena and ended up with a badly swollen facial appendage.
However, Ba tweeted that he is almost back to looking like a normal human being and confirmed he will be donning a potentially appearance enhancing facemask in upcoming matches just as the likes of Youri Djorakeff, Paul Gascoigne, John Terry and Petr Cech have done before him.
“Thank you all for the messages. My nose looks better already. I'll look like ‘demba ba’ again very soon lol,” he posted during the week before following up with: “Me and the club docteur in the place going to milan to get a mask done...”. I assume he meant he and the ‘club doctor on the plane’…
QPR’s Marseille loanee Joey Barton started the week by professing to be a Super Bowl expert in this series of tweets. The midfielder had a cheeky wager on the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers and his punt appeared to come up trumps.
“Ravens win. That was close. Was sweating on my 8 nicker for a bit there..
“Ravens see this through. 49ers got to much ground to make up against an ultra aggressive defence.
“Still baffles me that Ravens were outsiders for this???
“49ers imploding here. Big scrap as well. Its getting tasty in New Orleans.”
Barton also threw in his two bobs worth regarding the premium ad space throughout the Super Bowl coverage and gave the thumbs up to Beyonce’s entertaining performance which outshone Madonna’s previous efforts.
“No adverts in France on Super Bowl. Feel like I'm missing out on having my mind corrupted by the big corporations...
“Choreography is a joke. Brilliant from Beyonce. As good as I've seen for Super bowl HT show. Banishes the bad memories.”
Manchester City Vincent Kompany, often the victim of over-refereeing, felt for Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa who was shown a second yellow card in the 117th minute of his side’s eventual African Cup of Nations semi-final penalty shootout win over Ghana.
The Rennes striker was controversially sent off for simulation in the area despite appearing to have been caught by a defender and Kompany, who recently had a red card rescinded, was left hoping Pitroipa could get some similar love ahead of the AFCON final this weekend.
“Pitroipa red card?? I really hope that something can be done for him to play the final! Could be the harshest sending off ever!”
Kompany’s Manchester City teammate Sergio Aguero was delighted with Argentina’s 3-2 friendly win over Sweden: “I liked the way we handled the ball and the patience Argentina showed in finding gaps. I'm happy we work together even better each time.”
Whilst Tottenham ace Gareth Bale was the star of the show as Wales beat Austria 2-1: “Thanks for all your kind tweets, great to get a win tonight against Austria. Always nice to get on the scoresheet for @FAWales.”
The Premier League’s Player of the Month for January, Reading’s Adam Le Fondre, was ‘buzzing’ after hearing his name whilst keeping an eye on Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy section final between Leyton Orient and Southend United.
“Watching the Southend an orient game, then the commentators start talking about me! #humbled #buzzing.”
“Great goal rooney-jack wilshire looks a top top player to me!”
And finally, Barton was at it again, tweeting his impressions of apparent Brazilian superstar Neymar: “This Neymar fella is massively overrated. Not in the same street as Messi or Ronaldo.”