Sean Cox has given a thumbs up and said thank you to those who have raised funds for his rehabilitation trust.
The Meathman, who was the victim of an unprovoked attack before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield last year, will on Friday attend a benefit game between a Liverpool Legends side and an Ireland XI at the Aviva Stadium (tickets are available via Ticketmaster).
— Support Sean (@coxynwa) April 11, 2019
Speaking on RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland, Sean's wife Martina said her husband is making progress but that it is a slow process and one which will be hugely expensive.
"He can talk a little bit more, he has a bit more movement but yet he has so many difficulties ahead of him," said Martina Cox.
When he finishes in the NRH (National Rehabilitation Hospital) at the end of June, he needs so much more rehab, he needs months and months of it. The result of that is that we need to go to the UK because there are no other facilities in Ireland, which is awful.
We're looking into that at the moment. I'm going over in the next week or so to visit rehab units and find the best fit for Sean.
The fundraising is vital because the costs we are going to incur for Sean, long-term, will run into the millions. He's going to need long-term care. While he will go to the UK for a couple of months, he'll come back home and we'll have to adapt the house. He's going to need carers. It's a life-long road ahead of us.
The fundraising has been absolutely amazing. People have done so much for us. We can't praise people enough and thank people enough for what they've done.
The Republic of Ireland XI vs Liverpool FC Legends game - the proceeds of which will go to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Fund - takes places at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, April 12th at 7:45pm.
Tickets are available here