Ba rules out retirement


The Shanghai Shenhua man's left leg twisted badly after he tussled with SIPG defender Sun Xiang in chasing down a through-ball on Sunday.

The injury triggered fears Ba's career may be over, but the 31-year-old has faith he will overcome the setback.

"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," Ba told RMC.

"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."

The former Chelsea forward hit 14 goals in 18 appearances this season.