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BBC Five Live's Simon Mann
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Fulham spokesperson Max Clifford
"We are thinking we won't have him back this season"
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Wednesday, 3 January, 2001, 11:54 GMT
Coleman injured in car crash
Coleman's Jaguar sportscar was extensively damaged
Coleman's Jaguar sportscar was extensively damaged
Chris Coleman faces a lengthy lay-off after suffering serious injuries in a car accident on Tuesday night.

The Fulham and Wales player has broken his right leg in several places, and may have also broken the other in the crash which happened in Bletchingley, Surrey.

One eyewitness was reported to have described Coleman's top-of-the-range Jaguar as a "complete write-off" after the accident on a lane in Outwood, near Bletchingley, Surrey.

The Swansea-born star was taken to the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where he underwent emergency surgery.

Coleman fractured his right leg in  two places
Coleman fractured his right leg in two places
A spokeswoman there confirmed he had broken his right leg but would not go into any more detail about his injuries.

She said: "His condition is satisfactory. He is comfortable and in good spirits.

"He is in good hands and receiving the best care he can."

Full support

His wife and other family members are understood to have visited him in his private room at the NHS hospital.

His club Fulham would not comment on the extent of his injuries but the Division One leaders have issued a statement in which they promised to give the player their full support during the recovery process.


Our thoughts are with Chris and we wish him a speedy and full recovery
  Michael Fiddy
Fulham managing director
Managing director Michael Fiddy said: "Everyone at the club is deeply concerned about the incident involving Chris Coleman.

"At this stage our thoughts are with Chris and we wish him a speedy and full recovery. Chris will be given the best possible care to aid this recovery."

The incident puts his place in Wales' March World Cup qualifiers in doubt and will also be a blow to Fulham's promotion campaign.

Only occupant

Police rushed to the scene of the crash in a tree-lined country road after the footballer's 35,000 Jaguar sports car spun out of control.

It smashed through a 4ft-high metal fence on a grass verge at the side of the road before ploughing into a tree.

A passer-by saw the smashed car and rang the police on his mobile phone.

Coleman, the only occupant of the car, was conscious but could not free himself. He was taken to East Surrey Hospital at about 2145 GMT on Tuesday.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and will be speaking to Coleman to establish what happened - a routine procedure with any car crash.

"Police would do this with regards to any accident - and would be particularly keen as Mr Coleman's was the only vehicle involved," said a spokesperson for East Surrey Police.

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