Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has returned to first-team training after suffering severe injuries in a car crash last September.

The 27-year-old was airlifted to hospital following a serious two-way collision on the M4.

And after a long rehabilitation, Souare hopes to be back in first-team contention soon.

The left-back said: “I heard you were looking for me. Feeling blessed to come back for my first training session with the first-team.

“I want to say thank you to all of you for your love and support on this journey! I read every message and I hope to make you all happy soon.”

Palace signed Souare from Lille for an undisclosed fee in 2015, and he was an ever-present in ex-boss Alan Pardew’s team.

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But now, the Senegal international will be competing with Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp for a starting berth.

Souare’s last appearance in an Eagles shirt came in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last August.