Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare recovering in hospital after car accident
Published 12/09/2016 | 10:56
Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after suffering thigh and jaw injuries in a car accident.
The club announced that the 26-year-old full-back would remain in hospital to receive treatment following the crash which occurred on the M4 motorway.
A statement on the club's website read: "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."
London's Air Ambulance confirmed that Souare, who did not feature in Palace's 2-1 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday, was airlifted by the service after the road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 motorway.
A Metropolitan Police statement read: " 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. There have been no arrests."
The Senegal international joined the Eagles from French side Lille in January last year and has featured in three Premier League matches this campaign.
Palace manager Alan Pardew admitted that Souare could have broken his leg and could be out for a long period of time.
"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," he 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."