Freddie Flintoff set for TV return after being pictured following horror Top Gear crash
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Freddie Flintoff is set to our screens following on from his first public appearance since his horror Top Gear crash.
The 45-year-old was involved in an accident at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, last December, when filming for the BBC series.
The former England cricketer was hospitalised after suffering broken ribs and facial injuries and was spotted for the first time in public when he visited the England squad for their one-day international series against New Zealand on Friday (8 September).
He was pictured at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff dressed in full England coaching kit, and even helped with fielding drills before taking his place on the balcony.
The 45-year-old could be seen with tape on his nose, with the aftermath of the crash clearly visible as he continues his recovery.
It has since been reported that Flintoff will make his first TV appearance this winter as he is filming the second season of Field of Dreams on BBC. The show follows the ex-England captain's search to find untapped cricketing talent in his hometown of Preston.
"Everyone is thrilled and relieved Freddie is gearing up to get back to work," a source told The Mirror.
"We know how much this series meant to him.
"It was a passion project that was also loved by the viewers, so it’s great it will mark his return to the screen after what must have been an extraordinarily difficult time."
Before the accident, Flintoff said of the series: "Working with the boys was one of the most incredible experiences of my life but the work is not finished yet!
"I’m really pleased we’ll be continuing the hard work we have all put in, but on a much bigger scale."
Stuart Broad was one of many who poured in with support for Flintoff after he came to support the England team, staing that he was in "fine form".
"He’s great, I saw him at Cardiff and had 10 minutes with him, he was in really fine form," said Broad, who recently announced his retirement from the sport.
"He has been doing some work with the England Under-19s which he really enjoyed. He’d just arrived in Cardiff to settle in with this group for this series.
"For him - I know it’s a training shirt - but the opportunity to pull on those Three Lions is really special and I actually saw him mitting [catching fast deliveries from] Mark Wood.
"I can’t imagine he’s done loads of mitting, he was really good at it - I don’t know why I am surprised but he was good at it.
"Certainly better than [England assistant coach David] Saker whose job it is to catch it!"
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