Lovett Faces Lengthy Recovery

Lyle Lovett may be in the hospital three days, and it could take as long as six months for him to recover from injuries sustained when a bull trampled him Wednesday (March 27), the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lovett underwent surgery Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston to repair “a crush injury to the top part of his shin bone just below the knee that extends for six to eight inches.”

Dr. Kevin Coupe, program director for the Department of Orthopedics at University of Texas Medical School, performed the surgery, the Chronicle reports. He said 20 pieces of bone were broken in Lovett’s leg, including nine major bone fragments that had to be reassembled.

Lovett also had a break to the tip of his right thumb.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was to have appeared April 14 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as part of a tribute concert honoring Willie Nelson. No word yet from his management company on whether he will keep that date and others scheduled in April.

Lovett sustained his injury while trying to help his uncle, Calvin Klein (not the designer), who was flipped by the bull while working on his ranch north of Houston. Lovett apparently was pinned between the bull’s head and a fence, Coupe told the Chronicle. Klein was taken to another hospital where he was tested and released around 8 p.m. Wednesday.