A year and a half after suffering a life-threatening car crash, Crystal Palace left-back Pape N'Diaye Souaré was on Wednesday named in Senegal’s squad for warm-up friendlies ahead of the upcoming Fifa World Cup in Russia.
The 27-year-old defender was included in the 30-man list for Senegal’s matches against Uzbekistan and Bosnia on 23 and 27 March, respectively.
Delighted to be called up for the National Team. It’s been a while since I have been able to represent my country, but I am back now and I cannot wait to get back on the pitch! 🇸🇳 🦁✌🏿 pic.twitter.com/8KXIRoCcyR— Pape Souarè (@papesouare) 7 March 2018
Back in September 2016, the Crystal Palace player was involved in a dreadful traffic accident in London, sustaining serious thighbone and jaw injuries.
Souaré was airlifted to hospital from the crash site, the M4 motorway west of London, after having to be cut from a mangled wreck.
But having made a full recovery, Souaré has now been given a chance to prove his fitness and win a spot in Senegal's squad for the World Cup, their first appearance at the finals since 2002.
The left-back has only featured three times for Palace this season, all of them as a substitute in cup games.
The Teranga Lions' coach, Aliou Cissé, has also recalled Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf, Dijon's Papy Djilobodji and Cardiff City's Armand Traoré.