Bono still recovering from bike accident: ‘It’s not clear if I will ever play guitar again’

Singer still can't bend two fingers

Bono has revealed that he is still struggling with injuries suffered in a cycling accident five months ago.

The U2 frontman underwent five hours of surgery after the incident which occurred in New York’s Central Park last November. At the time it was reported that he suffered several serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye”. Bono went into more detail in January, revealing that his hand had been so damaged that he may never regain the ability to play the guitar.

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” he explained in a post on U2’s official website. “As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. My bandmates likely won’t be too bothered by this development… The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.”

The 54-year-old has given up update on his injuries in an interview with The New York Times, divulging that he still can’t bend two of his fingers.

“I really used to think that my head was harder than any surface it came in contact with, and I don’t anymore,” he said. “I didn’t come off a Harley-Davidson. I came off a push bike and smashed myself to bits. There is no glory here.

“It feels like I have somebody else’s hand, I can’t bend these, and this,” he said, pointing to his hand, “is like rigor mortis. But they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.”

Speaking about his forearm and elbow, Bono said: “It’s all numb here, and this is ­titanium.”

U2 are currently embarking on the North American leg of their Innocence + Experience tour. The group will perform in the UK this October and November over eight dates in London’s O2 Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

U2’s Innocence + Experience tour 2015 UK dates:

London O2 Arena (October 25, 26, 29, 30, November 2, 3)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 6, 7)