Former Chelsea and Spurs boss André Villas-Boas was taken to hospital after the car he was driving in the Dakar Rally crashed into a sand dune. He has assured everyone that he is 'safe and well' after the crash but the back injury sustained during the crash has now ended his participation in the event.
AVB left his post at Chinese Super League outfit, Shanghai SIPG back in November and quickly announced the career switch that saw him enter him enter the world of Motorsport. Villas-Boas was driving a Toyota Hilux which was co-driven by former motorcycle class frontrunner Ruben Faria.
After the crash Villas-Boas was quick to take to Instagram to let fans know that both he and Ruben were safe after the fourth stage crash in Peru.
The 40 year old, who led Porto to an unbeaten season in 2010-2011 in the Portuguese League was in 43rd position, 2 hours 18 minutes and 50 seconds behind the leader for Team Overdrive at the time of the accident. Thankfully, Villas-Boas sustained no broken bones during the sand dune crash just the above mentioned back injury which seems him withdraw from the 14 stage event at the fourth hurdle.
This is the 40th edition of the racing event that is based in Peru, which it last visited in 2013 for the opening five stages. It uses a route that is mostly comprised of sand dunes. The rally moves on next to Bolivia and will end in Argentina on the 20th of January.