On April 5, Beijing time, the Shanghai Shenhua Club officially announced that the team’s foreign aid forward Martins will travel to London today and undergo knee surgery on Friday morning.
Shenhua Guan micro wrote: "taking into account time and visa etc. Factors, after consultation with the players themselves, Martins will fly to London on the BA169 flight at 11am Beijing time this morning and undergo knee surgery in London on Friday morning."
"Although Martins told the club he did not want fans to send him in the morning, there are still many fans of Shenhua rushing to learn the news. Before Pudong Airport, Martins hoped that the club would convey his thanks to the fans and he would do his best to cooperate with the rehabilitation treatment and try to return to the stadium as soon as possible. I wish you a successful operation! Come on Oba!”
Martins was injured in the AFC Champions League group Shanghai Shenhua 2-2 draw against Kashima Antlers on April 3, Beijing time. He was replaced by Mao Jianqing in the 22nd minute. Martins was eventually diagnosed with a partial rupture of the quadriceps tendon of the right knee and is expected to be suspended for 6 to 7 months.
Last season, Martins made a total of 14 appearances for Shenhua and scored 7 goals. So far this season, he has played for Shenhua 7 times and scored 4 goals.