World No.1 badminton player Kento Momota injured in car crash that killed driver

World No.1 badminton player Kento Momota has been left injured after a horror car crash that killed the driver.

Momota, 25, was among five people in the car who were travelling from to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

He was travelling with three team-mates after they played in the Malaysia Masters event, in which Momota claimed his first title of the season with victory over former world champion, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

The van carrying Momota and team crashed into the back of a slow-moving truck, creating a devastating impact.

Sadly, the driver, who has not been named, died at the scene.

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Momota, his physiotherapist, one of his coaches and a Badminton World Federation official were all in the van and were taken to hospital following the crash.

Momota suffered a broken nose plus cuts on the lips and elsewhere on his face, requiring stitches.

No major injuries were sustained by the passengers.

Malaysia's health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said: “Based on investigations and CT scans, there are no major injuries.

“They are now stable and will be given continued treatment and remain under observation for now.”

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Momota will now miss the Indonesia Masters this coming weekend but could look to make his return at the Thailand Masters between January 21 and 26, depending on how he develops.

Though it is likely that Momota will not appear in action again until February 18 at the Barcelona Masters.

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