Demba Ba was not involved for Senegal in their 2-0 win over Mauritius on Sunday to finish top of their African Cup of Nations Qualifying Group.
Demba Ba – Senegal striker has injured knee
The Senegal FA have reported Demba Ba had a knee injury and had missed the two previous training sessions, and therefore Alan Pardew will now be sweating it out to see if his striker is fit for Sunday’s tough game against Tottenham at home.
Of course we all know that last January Ba failed a medical at Stoke City, because of a knee problem, although he subsequently passed his medical at both West Ham and Newcastle.
However, nobody is saying whether his latest knee injury is related to his previous problem, and we have to hope it isn’t, but if there’s any injury doubt about Ba for Sunday, Alan Pardew will not risk him and Peter Lovenkrands would likely get the start alongside Leon Best.
The 26-year-old is on his way back to Newcastle, and the Newcastle medical team will do their own prognosis once he arrives back.
Of course Newcastle will be without both Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote in January as the African Cup of Nations will run in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January 21st to February 12th.
However there is a rule that the players are allowed to meet up with their squads a week before the competition begins so both players will leave Newcastle around the middle of January.
Both players could be away almost the whole tournament with the Ivory Coast and Senegal both having good sides and likely to advance far in the proceedings .
Alan Pardew is also sweating on French International Yohan Cabaye, as he injured his ankle in France’s 3-0 win last Thursday against Albania, and France play their last qualifying game tonight at home to second placed Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Whether Yohan will play tonight is still not known.
But with Demba Ba we have to hope for two things, the injury to his knee is not the exact same injury from the past, and that it’s not too bad an injury, and hopefully he can still play on Sunday.