Bono ‘may never play guitar again’ after recent bicycle accident

U2 frontman updates fans on his physical condition following tumble in New York

U2 frontman Bono has gone into detail about the injuries he sustained in a recent bicycle accident, claiming that he may never regain the ability to play the guitar when he recovers.

Last year Bono was involved in a “cycling spill” which required him to undergo surgery and “intensive therapy”. At the time it was reported that he suffered several serious injuries from the incident, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye”.

“Recovery has been more difficult than I thought,” he explained in a new 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 consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms,” he added. “As a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course.”

U2 have not performed live since the accident and have been forced to cancel several performances, including a show for World Aids Day in New York, where Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin filled in on vocals.