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Crystal Palace confirm Pape Souare expected to make “full recovery” after horror crash

September 13, 2016

Souare was airlifted to hospital after a two-vehicle collision on the M4 motorway on Sunday afternoon.

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare is “expected to make a full recovery”, the club has announced, after surgery on the thigh and jaw injuries sustained in Sunday’s horror car crash.

The left-back was evacuated by a helicopter after his Mercedes was involved in a serious two-vehicle incident on the M4 motorway.

But a club statement has confirmed that they expect him to return to full fitness after a successful operation on Tuesday.

“Pape Souare has this morning undergone surgery on both his jaw and thigh.

“Thanks to the fantastic response of the emergency services who cut him from the car and the amazing surgeons, doctors and staff at the Royal London Hospital he is expected to make a full recovery and should be discharged on Friday.

And the Eagles also revealed that they will be donating to London Air Ambulance after they ensured the Senegalese defender reached a hospital in the fastest way possible.

“We would like to make special mention of the London Air Ambulance service who flew Pape directly from the scene to the hospital ensuring that he rapidly had access to the very best medical care. The club note that this organisation is a charity and completely funded from donations as such we are making a contribution and would urge everyone to support this invaluable service for the people of London.”

Palace manager Alan Pardew yesterday said that the defender was “just a bit bashed up.”

But while Pardew admitted that Souare is not in any shape to play football, he played down his condition after seemingly serious injuries.

“He’s not in a good way in terms of football, I think he’s broken his leg so maybe not so good, but thankfully he looks sound other than that, just a bit bashed up,” Pardew told Sky Sports.

“We’ll have to look after him and get him back as quick as we can because he’s a great lad and it’s a big loss.

“It is a blow but these things happen, and more importantly it’s not more than it could have been.”

Crystal Palace have issued a statement confirming that Souare is set to remain in hospital as he continues treatment.

“Crystal Palace Football Club regret to confirm that Pape Souare was yesterday (Sunday) involved in a car accident and taken to hospital in London,” the club said.

“The player has sustained injuries to his thigh and jaw bone and will remain in hospital whilst he receives treatment.

“The club are liaising closely with the hospital on his progress and we obviously wish him a speedy recovery.

“Our thoughts are with Pape and his family at this time.”

Souare’s 4×4 Mercedes appeared to have lost its roof during the recovery efforts from the smash, which took place at around 12.10pm.

London Ambulance carefully removed the star from the vehicle before rushing him to an east London hospital for treatment.

The driver of the other vehicle did not require hospital treatment.

Souare has played three times for Palace in the Premier League this season, with this last appearance coming in the 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth on August 27.

However, he was not included in the 18-man squad which travelled to Middlesbrough this weekend, leaving supporters questioning his whereabouts.

He played 34 times under manager Alan Pardew last season, earning him a new three-year contract back in January.

Souare has only once missed football through injury, having suffered a fractured hand in 2012.

A Met Police statement said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 motorway.

“Officers were called shortly before 12.10hrs on Sunday, 11 September to reports of two cars in collision between junctions four and three.

“London Ambulance Service attended and the driver of one of the cars – a man aged in his 20s – was taken to an east London hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life threatening.

“The driver of the other car involved did not require hospital treatment.”

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses and anyone that saw anything leading up to the collision should contact 020 8543 5157.

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