By Sky News US Team
U2 frontman Bono has said he may never play the guitar again after he was injured in a bicycle collision in New York’s Central Park.
A bone was driven through the skin of the Irish rocker’s arm during November’s crash, which also left him with a fractured eye socket, hand and shoulder blade.
The 54-year-old wrote in a blog on the band’s website: “Recovery has been more difficult than I thought … As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again.
“The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilisation are depending on this.
X-ray of a titanium implant in Bono’s arm
“I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch.
“Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I’m all elbows, I am.
“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.”
Bono (pictured in Chicago five years ago) only rarely plays guitar on stage
Witnesses said the Dubliner was trying to avoid another rider when he had what doctors describe as a “high-energy bicycle accident”.
He said he does not remember much from the accident.
“I can’t blame on anyone but myself,” he wrote, “mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.”
Despite his physical injuries, Bono said his most grievous wound was to his “Irish Pride, as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts. Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock ‘n’ roll.”