Crystal Palace's Pape Souare reflects on 'amazing season' after Premier League return

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The Senegal international made his first league appearance on Sunday after overcoming a career-threatening injury he had in 2016
Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare has spoken of his delight after he made his first English Premier League appearance following his recovery from a long injury lay-off.

In September 2016, the player was involved in a horrific auto crash which left him with a broken jaw and thighbone.

And after a long period spent recuperating on the sidelines, the former Lille player made his return to action in a League Cup encounter in September.

However, on the final day of 2017-18 EPL season, Souare made an eight-minute cameo - his first top-fligt outing since August 28, 2016 [vs. Bournemouth] - as Palace defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0.

"I felt good because I've been training with the team at least for a month, so I know them, so I know this stadium as well, so everything went well," Souare told Football London.

"It was a long recovery for me and I'm very happy to be back playing on the pitch.

"I was always working hard, and he [Roy Hodgson] thought I deserved to come in and he gave me the chance, and even if it is not long I'm happy and proud to be on the pitch again."

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The 27-year-old lauded the medical staff at the Selhurst Park outfit, saying: "They were very good.

"You can see it because I recovered very quickly, and I am back on the pitch so I'm proud of them as well because they helped me a lot."

On the club's fans and officials, Souare said: "They have been great, everyone can see it.

"I can see it as well everywhere in the social media how they support me, and when I come on how they sing my name.

"It's a very amazing season for me because everything was questioned before everything, so now I am back on the pitch and I can play, and I am very happy to put the shirt on as well and come on the pitch.

"When you watch [from the sidelines], you think you can offer your heart and everything for this club because they gave me the chance to come in the Premier League so it's just about that.

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"But everyone knows that I had a big injury, so I am very proud for this season's recovery and now back on the pitch."