Neil Young and his backing band Crazy Horse have scrapped the remainder of their European dates to allow guitarist Frank 'poncho' Sampedro to recover from a broken hand.

A source tells Rolling Stone magazine the rocker has suffered a "mild fracture", prompting his bandmates to head back to the U.S. early, pulling the plug on seven dates overseas.

The insider says, "He's expected to make a complete recovery in time for the North American tour."

A statement from the band reads: "Due to an accident involving Crazy Horse, the remaining dates on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour of Europe and the British isles have been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear. As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events."

The band is scheduled to begin a short North American tour on 31 August (13) in Ontario, Canada.