On Saturday, former Premier League striker Demba Ba's professional career was thrown into serious doubt when he suffered a gruesome broken leg during a game in the Chinese Super League.
The video footage showing the ex-Chelsea striker's lower leg pointing in an impossible angle quickly went viral, and well-wishes from across world football poured in for the Senegalese striker.
In the days since, the likes of Obafemi Martins and Sun Xiang - the Shanghai SIPG whose challenge caused the horrific injury - have visited Ba in hospital as he begins his long road to recovery. According to the Daily Mail, however, the 31-year-old has purposefully held back that recovery with one decision.
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Speaking to the Mail, Ba revealed that he still hasn't had a full operation on what has been diagnosed as a fractured left tibia. His reason? He wants to wait for a French doctor to arrive to perform the surgery:
"They haven't done the full operation because I told them to wait," the former West Ham and Newcastle man explained.
"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."
The decision not to seek the required medical help as soon as possible after the injury might surprise a lot of people, and it isn't immediately clear why the current Shanghai Shenhua striker has opted to do things this way.
However, it is perhaps safe to assume that Ba, far from fluent in Mandarin and having spoken French his entire life, simply wants the familiarity and reassurance that comes with a doctor who will be able to explain fully exactly what the procedure involves, and talk him through the process.
Ba, who leads the Chinese league with 14 goals in 18 games, also confirmed that he has no plans to retire from the game despite the severity of the injury.
"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 the Mail.
"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."
As soon as the ex-Chelsea man goes under the knife for the full operation we should have a clearer idea of just how achievable that goal is.
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