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Clarke Carlisle awake in hospital

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA

Former Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle, who was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry, is awake in hospital.

His wife, Gemma Carlisle, thanked supporters on Twitter and confirmed that he is awake.

The 35-year-old former Professional Footballers' Association chairman was seriously injured following the collision on the A64, near York, on December 22 and remains in a Leeds hospital.

North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and appealed for witnesses.

The Metropolitan Police later confirmed that Carlisle was charged with failing to provide a sample on December 20 - days before his serious injuries - and is due to appear in court later this month.

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Carlisle " stable ' after A64 accident

Former Leeds United and York City defender Clarke Carlisle is in a "stable and relatively comfortable" condition, but faces a "long road to full recovery", his family have said.

The 35-year-old was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry on December 22.

The incident happened on the A64, near York, and Carlisle is recovering in hospital in Leeds.

A statement from his family, released by the Professional Footballers' Association, of which Carlisle is a former chairman, said:

"Our family and especially Clarke, would like to thank each and every person for their unbelievable support at this very difficult time.

"The fantastic and expert attention of all of the staff at Leeds General Infirmary has brought him from a critical condition to a stable and relatively comfortable one.

"However, this will be a long road to full recovery and the family would request that you respect our privacy at this time."

– Clarke Carlisle's family

It emerged earlier this week that Carlisle was facing court action over an alleged drink driving offence after being charged just days before suffering his injury.

He was charged with failing to provide a sample on December 20 and is scheduled to appear in court on January 20.

Clarke Carlisle faces "long road to full recovery"

Former Premier League player Clarke Carlisle Credit: Press Association

The family of former Leeds United and York City defender Clarke Carlisle has revealed he is now in a stable condition in hospital but faces "a long road to a full recovery." The ex-chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association suffered serious injuries when, as a pedestrian, he was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A64 near York on December 22.

It later emerged that just days before the crash he had been charged with a drink driving offence by the Metropolitan Police.

Tonight his family issued a statement through the PFA:

"Our family and especially Clarke, would like to thank each and every person for their unbelievable support at this very difficult time. The fantastic and expert attention of all of the staff at Leeds General infirmary has brought him from a critical condition to a stable and relatively comfortable one. However, this will be a long road to full recovery and the family would request that you respect our privacy at this time."

– Carlisle Family Statement

Ex-Leeds Utd chairman dies age 89

The former chairman of Leeds United, Leslie Silver has died at the age of 89.

Leslie Silver Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The businessman, was in charge of the Elland Road club from 1982 to 1995 and saw the team deliver the Football League Championship in 1992.

Mr Silver , who was a former chancellor of Leeds Polytechnic, was awarded the OBE for services to export.

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