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Former Chelsea, West Ham striker Demba Ba to play on after horror leg break

Demba Ba insists he has no plans to retire despite suffering a shocking broken leg while playing in China.

The Senegalese striker sustained the serious injury on the weekend playing for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, landing awkwardly during an innocuous challenge from Shanghai SIPG captain Sun Xiang.

Notwithstanding his horrific injury, former West Ham United, Newcastle United and Chelsea forward Ba says he is determined to return to the pitch and continue his career just as recent PSG signing Hatem Ben Arfa did after a similar mishap.

"This is a really bad injury but I know I can overcome it. I won't call time on my career, that's for sure," he told Radio Monte Carlo from hospital in Shanghai.

"They haven't done the full operation because I told them to wait.

"I wanted to go to Europe to have it done but when I learned that was not possible I arranged with the doctor here to sort me out a French surgeon who should arrive shortly. He will operate on me.

"There are other players who have returned from similar injuries, like Hatem Ben Arfa.

"Something similar happened to me earlier in my career and the treatment options are much better now. I think I'll make a speedier return this time.

"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."

Andrew Slevison
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