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Demba Ba returns to football after nine months out

2:23 AM IST 02/05/17
Demba Ba Besiktas
The Senegal international found the net after coming off the bench in a 3-1 defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday

Senegal striker Demba Ba marked his return to football with a goal in Besiktas’ 3-1 loss by Emmanuel Adebayor’s Istanbul Basaksehir in the Super Lig on Sunday.

After a nine-month absence from football following a horrific leg break whilst playing for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in July last year, Ba returned to action when he was introduced for Cenk Tosun in the 78th minute with Besiktas already 3-0 down courtesy of an Adebayor strike and a Cengiz Under brace.

Former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Ba, 31, re-joined the club he left midway through 2015 to move to the CSL during the transfer window in January, but has returned to the Super Lig as he looks to regain full fitness.

The top-of-the-table clash saw the capital reduce the points gap to just four points from Besiktas who remain atop the table despite their latest setback.

Adebayor’s strike on Sunday was his sixth in just seven outings since moving to Turkey as he continues to impress for Abdullah Avci's outfit.