The reason Demba Ba did not train in the two sessions before Senegal’s 2-0 win over Mauritius on Sunday, has been cleared up.
Demba Ba - didn’t train because of poor piches
The Senegal manager Amara Traore has today said that the decision not to play Be was simply a precaution, because of the poor state of the pitches they were training on.
It is well known that Ba has a knee condition, and Alan Pardew elected not to play Ba in Orlando in July, when it was decided to play on an artificial surface, again as a precaution for his knee.
This is what Amara Traore said today:
“When Demba arrived on Thursday evening for the first training session, it was felt that the ground was really hard for him, and with his knee problem we preferred not to take a risk.”
“At the beginning of the season he played on a synthetic ground and he had problems afterwards.” “For the Mauritius match I would have liked to make him play because it has been a long time since he played for Senegal.”
“But with the state of the ground it would have been making him take too much of a risk.”
That was a good decision by the manager and you would have thought he would have been in communication with Newcastle about his decision, once the rumors surfaced that he may have damaged the knee.
The in-form 6’2″ striker has scored 4 goals in 7 appearances for Newcastle this season.
But Demba Ba is fine, and isth very likely to keep his place in an unchanged side on Sunday for the visit of Spurs.
It’s likely that Alan Pardew will start the same side that beat Wolves 2-1 away in the last game.
That’s good news for the Newcastle club and good news for the fans.