Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray send get well messages to former Watford Observer photographer from Harpenden

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray send get well messages to former Watford Observer photographer from Harpenden Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray send get well messages to former Watford Observer photographer from Harpenden

An award-winning photographer from Harpenden, who worked for the Watford Observer, has received a number of get well messages from sports stars, following an accident in April.

Marc Aspland has received messages from stars including Rafael Nadal, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Alastair Cook, Andy Murray and Boris Becker.

The 50-year-old award-winning sports photographer was found unconscious by the roadside in  Harpenden after a cycling accident on April 10.

Mr Aspland, three times Sports Photographer of the Year and a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, suffered a brain haemorrhage, nerve damage and two broken collar bones and is recovering at home.

The father of three started his career at the Watford Observer, joining straight from a photo-journalism course. He now works for the Times and has covered five Olympic games, F1, Wimbledon and 6 Nations Rugby.

Fellow sports photographers have collected "get well soon" messages from leading sports stars, who have posed with the message #gwsmarc, or "get well soon, Marc", for photographs posted on Twitter.

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