Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has given an audio interview to the BBC World Football Show, admitting that he is lucky to be alive after his car crash in September.
The Senegal international had been an almost ever-present cog in the Palace starting XI prior to the accident but now admits that he worries about potentially never playing professionally again.
Having sustained a large number of serious injuries in the wreckage before being air lifted to hospital in a helicopter, the left-back speaks with admirable honesty about his memories of the crash and those who helped him in the immediate aftermath.
In a world that places such huge monetary value on footballers at the highest level of the game, it’s often easy to view them as untouchable but as Pape’s recent struggles have shown, life and the trappings which make it so wonderful for some can be taken away from anyone in the blink of an eye.
With the world of football rocking from this week’s plane crash over Colombia, fans of clubs across the planet have been forced to contemplate the true fragility of human life on a mass scale. Whilst Souare’s own troubles can be spun as something of a lucky escape by those who are so inclined, it’s difficult not to feel incredibly sad about the emotional turmoil he must be going through every day as he pursues a return to something approaching full fitness.
One thing that no one can doubt when listening to Pape speak, is the immeasurably positive impact made on him by the support he’s recieived from Palace’s fan-base. Whether it’s been through comments and well wishes or the show of respect offered in the 23rd minute of the first home game following the crash, it’s clearly touched him deeply.
The interview attached above makes for a genuinely enlightening listen, regardless of your club allegiances. Let’s hope it’s far from the last thing we see of Pape.