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Souare returns to Palace training seven months after horror car crash that threatened his career

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Pape Souare has returned to training just seven months after he was involved a horror car crash that threatened to end his career.

The Crystal Palace defender fractured his thigh bone in the accident on September 28 and feared he’d never play again.

He had to be cut loose from his Mercedes 4×4 on the M4 by the fire service before being airlifted to hospital.

The 26-year-old, who had played in the Eagles’ opening four matches of the season prior to the crash, admitted his worst fears three months later.

Pape Souare takes part in some light running drills at Crystal Palace (Photo: Twitter)
Firefighters free Pape N'Diaye Souare from car crash on M4
Souare fractured his thigh bone in the horrific car crash (Photo: Twitter/LondonFire)

“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.”

But on Tuesday he took to the training ground for some light running, highlighting just how far his rehabilitation has come since the horror crash.

Pape Souare near the changing rooms at Selhurst Park on crutches
Souare visits Selhurst Park on crutches (Photo: Instagram/p.souare_23)
Firefighters free Pape N'Diaye Souare from car crash on M4
Firefighters free the 26-year-old from his destroyed car on the M4 (Photo: Twitter/LondonFire)

Alongside the video, which the Senegal international posted to Twitter, he wrote: “First day running” with praying hand emoticons.

Despite the incredible progress Souare has made since breaking his leg, he is unlikely to feature again for Palace this season.

Pape Souare training in the gym with Crystal Palace
The Eagles defender training in the gym in January (Photo: Twitter/papesouare)
Crystal Palace fans display a banner for Souare (Photo: Ian Walton)

This is not the first time the 26-year-old has taken to social media to update his fans on his progress. In January he posted a picture of himself in the gym.

The Eagles were in action last night, and were rampant in their 3-0 win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

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