U2's Bono fitted with metal plates and screws after bike accident

Bono, frontman of Irish rock group U2, needed hours of surgery after a cycling accident in New York's Central Park.

He suffered fractures to his face and shoulder blade and needed metal plates inserted in his arm, Rolling Stone magazine said yesterday (Nov 19).

The 54-year-old singer was trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday when the accident occurred.

The mishap forced the group to cancel its week-long appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show.

"Bono was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department and underwent 'multiple X-rays and CAT scans' followed by hours of surgery," the magazine said.

The bone in Bono's upper arm had shattered in six places and tore through the skin. Three metal plates and 18 screws were needed to repair the injury.

On Monday, the singer had more surgery on his fractured left pinky.

Photos: Reuters

A statement posted on the group's website on Sunday said:

"Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it.

We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back!"

An orthopedic surgeon told the magazine that Bono would need intensive therapy but was expected to make a full recovery.

Sunday's cycling accident was the second harrowing experience for the rocker in less than a week.

A private plane he was travelling in last week lost its rear hatch as it was approaching Berlin airport. The pilot managed to land it safely. - Reuters

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