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Souare closes in on Palace return as rehab from horror car crash nears completion

Date Posted,August 9, 2017

Pape Souare is closing in on a return to the Crystal Palace first team following his leg break from a car crash in September.

The Eagles left-back admitted he could have been forced to retire last year but has now returned to full training with Frank De Boer’s side.

A car crash in September 2016 led to the player being airlifted to hospital and left with a broken leg and jaw.

Soare said: “I heard you were looking for me. Feeling blessed to come back for my first training session with the first team.

Souare sent fans an update on his condition (Image: Patrik Lundin)
West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with Crystal Palace's Pape Souare
Souare has been out for almost a year (Image: REUTERS)

“I want to say thank you to all of you for your love and support on this journey! I read every message and I hope to make you all happy soon.”

Soare said in an interview in December that the crash had changed his perspective on life.

Firefighters free Pape N'Diaye Souare from car crash on M4
Souare had to be airlifted to hospital after a crash in September (Image: Twitter/LondonFire)
Palace’s fans showed their support for Souare during a match against Stoke on September 18 last year (Image: Ian Walton)

“It has made me see the world differently,” he told the BBC’s World Service in December. “I can maybe lose my career.

“Anything can happen to anyone, we are all human and anything can happen to anyone.”

The Eagles begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday against newly-promoted Huddersfield, with De Boer set to make his English top flight debut on the bench.

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