Palace de­fender set to miss six months

Leg and fa­cial op­er­a­tions after hor­ror crash on M4

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper

THE foot­baller Premier­ship air­lifted to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the M4 hor­ror crash has un­der­gone op­er­a­tions to leg and fa­cial in­juries.

Crystal Palace de­fender Pape Souare broke his thigh and jaw on the twocar col­li­sion near Cran­ford on Sun­day Septem­ber 11.

Sur­geons have now op­er­ated on both in­juries, with his man­ager Alan Pardew re­veal­ing on Fri­day Septem­ber 16 he ex­pected the 26-year-old Sene­galese full back to miss the next six months of the season.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened just after mid­day be­tween Hayes and the Heathrow Spur (junc­tions three and four). He was cut free by fire­fight­ers be­fore be­ing taken to Royal Lon­don Hos­pi­tal by the Lon­don Air Am­bu­lance.

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

De­spite the in­juries, Pardew ex­pects to see his full back back play­ing for the Ea­gles be­fore the end of the season.

He said: “We think he will make a full re­cov­ery. I do not think we have any con­cerns that he won’t play at the high­est level again.

“It was a bro­ken thigh. They have pinned that with a big rod through that bone. That should re­pair as nor­mal, and stronger than any­one else once it is fin­ished.

“We think four, five or six months he should be up and run­ning again train­ing. He could play again this season.”

Speak­ing on Tues­day Septem­ber 13, Palace chair­man Steve Par­ish said: “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.”

The ac­ci­dent brought traf­fic to a stand­still on the day, and dis­rup­tions con­tin­ued on the M4 into the morn­ing on Monday Septem­ber 12, be­tween junc­tions three and six, with one lane closed near junc­tion three at Hayes.

The High­ways Agency said the dis­rup­tion was due to on­go­ing bar­rier re­pair work and to a fur­ther crash that morn­ing be­tween junc­tions five and four B near Slough.

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