It is our worst nightmare. Thus far, there has been no definite explanation of Ba's absence at Stoke. Initially it was reported he had been rested, then there were suggestions of a knock, then some tried to start a rumour that he had been dropped for disciplinary reasons. Through it all, there has been no official word from the club.
The Independent is now carrying a story that we are short of attacking options for today's huge game at Tottenham. Piquionne is struggling to overcome the injury he collected when scoring at Stoke, Keane can't play because we have him on loan from Spurs, and Ba is, apparently, struggling with an injury.
The trouble is, any suggestion that Ba is struggling carries with it a ring of truth. Waiting for Ba to break down is like waiting for the next earthquake in Japan. You know it is going to happen but you just don't know the extent of the resultant damage. Will it be the big one, the number 9 or 10 on the Richter scale, or just another tremor through the fault lines of Demba's jarred and grinding tectonic plates?
We desperately need Ba today. With him, we can get a result, without him, we don't stand a chance. Obinna looked ordinary with a capital O last week and Cole crap with a capital C. To get any sort of result, I reckon we need to score twice and I can't see us doing that without Demba. So, my prediction is that Tottenham will bag two goals; the question is, can we reply with two or more of our own?
Let's hope Demba is not as injured as some might have us believe!