Souare has doubts over crash recovery

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Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare admits he was very lucky to emerge from a car crash in September with only minor injuries but remains unsure if he will make a complete recovery.

The 26-year-old Senegal international broke his thighbone and jaw and had to be cut free from his car by firefighters after the crash.

While Palace manager Alan Pardew said at the time he expected the left-back to be out for at least six months, a less confident Souare is not so sure.

He told BBC World Service: "I don't know about my injury. I don't know if I can get back or not.

"I just put everything in the hands of God and we will see."

He added: "I got my leg broke, and my jaw, and I couldn't eat for the first month, but now I can eat, I can try to eat a little bit.

"The thing about my leg, it's getting there. I'm trying to do the work to make it stronger with the physio at the club.

"I remember the helicopter coming to get me. I remember the door on my leg. I remember the guy who was coming to talk to me and I said to him I'll keep in touch with him as he helped me a lot before the helpers come. I remember they cut the roof to take me out.

"I was very lucky because that was a very crazy shock."

Souare, who signed for Palace from Lille in January 2015, says he was happy when the club's fans sang his name, during a Premier League clash against West Ham in October.

Renditions of 'there is only one Pape Souare' could be heard ringing out through the stadium in the 23rd minute – for the player who wears the number 23 shirt for the Eagles.

He added: "I receive all the support from the fans – everything. They help me a lot and they make me believe myself.

"I was watching the game, so when they stop singing to support the team to support me, I was very happy for that."