TRAVIS STAR SUSTAINS ‘MULTIPLE’ FRACTURES

The star continues to make good progress following his swimming accident...

An operation on TRAVIS drummer NEIL PRIMROSE has revealed “multiple fractures” to his upper vertebrae.

Primrose had an operation in France (July 10) to discover how seriously he was hurt following the accident that hospitalised him.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Travis cancelled European dates following the injury to the drummer.

The band had completed a performance at the Belfort Festival in France (July 7).

Whilst relaxing in the pool, Primrose struck his head and was knocked unconscious. After realising his predicament, other band and crew members dragged Neil from the pool and gave him assistance.

He was taken by ambulance to the local hospital in Belfort to receive treatment and to undergo tests. A statement issued said “early indications suggest that Neil has sustained a fracture on one of his vertebrae”.

Now, the operation has been completed, which has “stabilised” his fractures. A statement on the band’s website, www.travisonline.com, reads: “We are pleased to report that yesterday’s surgery was completed successfully and the doctors and staff involved are very happy with Neil’s progress. The operation has confirmed that Neil sustained multiple fractures to his upper vertebrae which surgery has now stabilised. His continuing good progress should mean Neil and wife Esther will return to the UK shortly.

“In the meantime band members are making the trip to France to see him. Neil would like to thank all the fans that have written over the last few days with their support, and once again voice his gratitude to the doctors and staff involved with his treatment.”

Travis are due to play V2002 next month. Organisers have told NME.COM they are “very hopeful” they will still be able to make an appearance.