Football

Surgeon confident Ba can play again

Demba Ba's surgeon arrived in Shanghai and declared he was confident the former Chelsea striker would return to competitive football.

French orthopaedic surgeon Olivier Bringer touched down in the Chinese city on Thursday and immediately went to Putuo District People's Hospital where the Senegal striker has been treated since suffering a horror left leg fracture playing for Shenhua in the Shanghai Derby against SIPG last Sunday.

"I'm sure he will be able to recover and play football again," Bringer said yesterday.

"In a few months, he will have the possibility of making a comeback. He is a tough guy and I'm sure he will be able to get over this."

Ba is due to go under the scalpel this morning when Bringer's team of French doctors will be bolstered by medical staff from Shanghai's Huashan Hospital.

"We are used to such surgeries," Bringer said. "My team's done it many times in France." - AFP.

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