Bono has revealed that his bike accident from last year may have lasting effects on his guitar playing ability, as he admits his disappointment in his frequently flippant New Year update on U2's website.

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Bono reveals guitar playing worries

In what he insisted was a 'freak accident', Bono was left badly injured following a bicycle ride in November 2014 where he fractured his shoulder, elbow and hand among various other parts of his arm. In a post subtitled 'I for Irish Pride' on the band's website, he revealed the extent of his injuries, which included having a titanium elbow fitted.

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'Recovery has been more difficult than I thought', he admits. '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 civilization are depending on this.' While he admits that never playing guitar again would not have a necessarily damaging impact on his career (he is, after all, well known as the lead singer and songwriter of U2), he still expressed his disappointment that he may never get to enjoy it in the same way again.

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However, it seems Bono remains in good spirits, with a series of tongue-in-cheek remarks throughout his long post entitled: 'LITTLE BOOK OF A BIG YEAR: Bono's A to Z of 2014 '. 'I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts', he confesses. 'Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock 'n' roll.'

The accident has forced U2 to postpone their US tour and cancel Glastonbury Festival dates.