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Souare: I couldn't move my leg, I knew it was serious

30 Mar 2017
Pape Souare, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace defender opens up for the first time since suffering serious injury in a car crash

“I remember everything about the accident, but I didn’t realise [how bad it was] straight away."

In September Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare suffered a broken leg and jaw in a car crash, forcing a halt to the 26-year-old's career. 

Six months on Souare is still on the long road to recovery and, speaking openly for the first time since the incident, says he has a new-found outlook on life as he aims to return stronger both on and off the pitch. 

"I couldn’t move my leg and knew it was something serious," he told

Pape Souare, Crystal Palace
Fans hold aloft a message of support during Crystal Palace's match against Stoke City at Selhurst Park

“When you are a football player you think that nothing can happen to you, so because of this kind of situation I have learned from and I think every player can too. It has changed me; it has given me life experience.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I want to work as hard as [my team-mates] are outside because I want to be strong like them." 

See: Souare's road to recovery

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