Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare could miss six months of action following his car crash, according to boss Alan Pardew.
The Senegal international had to be airlifted to hospital after being involved in a crash on the M4 motorway in London on Sunday.
Souare sustained injuries to both his thigh and jaw and was forced to undergo surgery, with a number of his team-mates travelling to visit him over the last few days.
Pardew admitted that his defender was lucky to come out of the incident alive and he is expected to be released from hospital on Saturday.
“He isn’t having the best of times, but we’re all very supportive,” said Pardew.
“We love Pape and can’t wait to have him back.
“It was a terrible accident. We owe a huge debt to the London Air Ambulance and the surgeons who helped him.
“Four, five months. Maybe six, he should be up and running again.
“I don’t think we have any concerns about Pape returning. It was a broken thigh, that should repair as normal.”