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."
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The former footballer Clarke Carlisle is seriously ill in hospital in Leeds tonight after being injured in a collision with a lorry in North Yorkshire.
A charity he works with says he's suffered head and knee injuries - his wife has described his condition as very poorly but stable - and she says she's been overwhelmed with messages of support, as Jon Hill reports.
The charity for which Clarke Carlisle is a trustee has said he has head and knee injuries.
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group says it has contacted his family, and that he has head injuries and a knee injury.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group are with our Board of Trustees Chair, Clarke Carlisle and his family following the news he was involved in a serious road traffic accident yesterday.
"The incident occurred near to his home in York from where Clarke was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, although at present the full extent of his injuries and condition are unknown.
"Clarke recently accepted an offer to join The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Board of Trustees and was voted in as our new Chair at our AGM on Monday December 15.
"We will endeavour to update you with any further developments as soon as we have them."
Clark Carlisle's wife has said his recovery is the "best Christmas gift" she could hope for:
Clarke's very poorly but he's alive and stable. Best Christmas gift we as a family could wish for. Thanks again.
The Professional Footballers' Association have visited Carlisle in hospital.
In a short statement it said: "Everyone at the PFA is keeping Clarke Carlisle in their prayers and thoughts.
"We visited Clarke at the hospital yesterday and we are offering our full help and support to him and his family at this difficult time."
Footballers who know Clarke Carlisle as a colleague and former chair of their players' association have tweeted their shock at the news of his involvement in a collision with a lorry.
Just heard the news about Clarke Carlisle. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
Shocked to hear the news tonight about Clarkey, thoughts with him and his family. Pull through mate
Clarke Carlisle's wife, Gemma, has tweeted her thanks to those who have sent her messages of support after her former York City footballer husband was hit by a lorry.
Don't normally use this account anymore. But have been overwhelmed with your thoughts and prayers. Thank you
The world of football pledged its support and best wishes to former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he had been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry on Monday.
North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, on Monday morning.
The force would not confirm the injured man's identity, but last night social media was full of messages from well-wishers hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.
The Football Association tweeted: "The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time."
Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which Carlisle is an ambassador, posted: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Kick It Out are with Clarke Carlisle and his family. Stay strong our dear friend - keep on fighting."
And the Football League added: "Our thoughts & those of everyone that watches Football League clubs will be with Clarke Carlisle and his family this evening."
Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.
"The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.
"The injured man has been airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.
"The road was closed to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene."
Carlisle played as a centre-half for a number of clubs including Burnley, Blackpool, QPR, Leeds, Watford, Northampton and York.
After he stopped playing, he worked for the PFA and was also a regular on TV - both as a pundit but also as a contestant on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and a guest on the BBC's Question Time.
He has also presented a TV documentary about racism in the game and another Football's Suicide Secret - about mental health issues among his fellow professionals.