A long message from Bono added to the U2 web site late Thursday (1/1) relayed word that his recovery from the bicycle crash he had in Central Park late last year has been more difficult than expected. Showing his humor is intact, the U2 front man started his nearly 6,000 word year-end message by writing, 'This is too long. If you get to the end of it then you are probably on the same painkillers as me. Addressing his recovery prospects Bono writes, '...it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.' The November accident happened while the singer was cycling near his New York City apartment.' Surgeons at the city's Presbyterian Hospital operated for more than 5 hours, inserting a trio of metal plates to sstabilize his arm. Lead doctor Dean Lorich said the arm injuries were severe due to the severity of the crash, which he called a 'high energy bicycle accident' that took place when the singer maneuvered in an attempt to avoid another cyclist.
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