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Pape Souare feared career was over after M4 horror crash

Pape Souare is lucky to be alive let alone back on his feet. A year ago the Crystal Palace defender was in a horrific car crash on the M4 which left him with a broken jaw bone and thigh bone.

Crystal Palace fans hold up a banner in the stands which reads 'Keep Strong Pape'

At his home in Vauxhall he told ITV News he thought his career might be over.

Pape Souare Credit: PA

I was thinking about that because I couldn't feel my legs and I only had my legs to play football. I was thinking maybe I couldn't walk again. I thank God to be alive.

– Pape Souare

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Souare has been at Crystal Palace since 2015 and has made more than 50 appearances for the club.

He has been posting videos online showing his gradual progress back to fitness but says he is taking his recovery one step at a time.

Credit: Twitter/Papesouare

I don't want to set a target to play again with the first team], three weeks ago I was playing 45 minutes with the under-23 side. The week after I played 70. On Monday I played the full game. So the next step is to try and get more fit and try first team.

– Pape Souare

He now wants to impress Roy Hodgson who was appointed as the club's manager earlier this week.

Roy Hodgson Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson is a big manager. He has a lot of experience so I'm looking forward to play with him. I want to keep making my family proud of me.

– Pape Souare

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