Condition worsens for former Carlisle United youth footballer severely injured in Australia

Danny Hodgson's condition has worsened.

The family of a footballer from Cumbria who was allegedly attacked in Australia have said his condition has deteriorated as he fights for his life.

Twenty-six-year-old Danny Hodgson is seriously ill in intensive care in Perth, Western Australia after being assaulted last month.

Danny is a former Carlisle United youth player and now plays for the Edith Cowan University football team in Joondalup, Western Australia. He was allegedly attacked and suffered severe head injuries at a railway station after spending the day with his teammates.

Last week his family said he had had an infection and a bleed on his brain but that he was able to open his eyes.

They have issued a new statement though, in which they have said his condition had deteriorated.

This statement said:

Following his injury, a GoFundMe appeal was set up by his friend Steve Barton, with the aim of supporting him and his girlfriend financially.

His family said that someone was with him at all times in hospital.

They added: "The incredible staff at Royal Perth Hospital continue to support our decision to  do everything possible to save Danny and we will forever be grateful for their  compassion, understanding and skill. 

"We know the medical prognosis is as serious as it gets, but this is our Danny. He has never given up and neither will we."

They also urged people to continue sending their best wishes.

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