Shanghai Shenhua's blockbuster signing Nicolas Anelka disappointed thousands of fans by missing the opening game of his new club's season due to injury.
The former Manchester City and Arsenal striker's debut was eagerly anticipated after he signed a two-year contract worth 270,000 euros ($335,595) a week for the Chinese Super League side.
However, the French player's name was absent from the team sheet for Shenhua's opening clash against regional rival Jiangsu Sainty of Nanjing.
Anelka's place was taken by Australia striker Joel Griffiths. The former Beijing Guoan hitman proved his worth by scoring the equaliser in the 60th minute with a close-range header, with the match ending 1-1.
Jiangsu's Romanian Striker Cristian Danalache had given his side the lead in the 15th minute.
If fit, Anelka faces a baptism of fire in Shenhua's next match - an away fixture to fierce rival Beijing Guoan.
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