Liverpool fan Sean Cox has returned home for the first time in nearly two years following a life-altering attack before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma in April 2018.
Sean, alongside his brother Martin, were heading to Anfield when they were attacked by away supporters.
The Meath man was left with life-threatening injuries, subsequently being placed into an induced coma in The Walton Centre in Liverpool. Cox was back-and-forth to the UK for treatment, being treated at the Dun Laoghaire Rehabilitation Centre and Marymount in Lucan whilst in Ireland.
Some great news 💙 For the first time in two years, Sean Cox and his family are finally reunited under one roof today as Sean returns home. Delighted for Sean and his family pic.twitter.com/MSAXcRFbgX
— Hill 16 Army (@Hill16Army) March 20, 2020
The family announced today that the father-of-three was allowed to stay in his home in Dunboyne on a permanent basis. He was temporarily allowed to return home last year in order to watch Liverpool triumph in the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking on social media, the family said that 'amidst our challenges, a positive moment as Sean Cox makes his return home.'
Sean’s journey over this time has been challenging and difficult, however today is an important and positive milestone for Sean and his family.
While Sean will continue to require full-time care and ongoing rehabilitation for the foreseeable future, today is a definitely a day to enjoy.
Sean's cause saw multiple fundraisers organised in the aftermath of the attack, notably a Ireland Legends v Liverpool Legends match at the AVIVA Stadium and a fundraising gig at the 3 Arena organised by Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop.
The news has seen support for Sean come flooding in on social media:
Sean Cox’s family has announced that he has returned home to Ireland for the first time in 2 years. What brilliant news!👏🔴 pic.twitter.com/B4jdvUlhWG
— CHAMP19NS🏆 (@LFCVine) March 20, 2020
Great news this evening that Liverpool fan Sean Cox who suffered life changing injuries during the run up to Liverpool vs Roma game in April 2018 has returned home..News that I’m sure gives many a lift at this time.
— Padraig O'Reilly Photographer (@padraig_reilly) March 20, 2020
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 20, 2020
All this negativity at the minute, here's some good news.
Almost 2 years after Roma fans brutally attacked him and changed his life for the worse Sean Cox has returned home PERMANENTLY!
What a legend pic.twitter.com/QgOeiAr0Gj
— DannyLFC⚽️ (@DannyJoel_16) March 20, 2020
— Darragh Lyons (@DarraghLyons2) March 20, 2020
Rarely spotted good news, especially in times like these.