Hopeful of Carlisle recovery

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The family of former Blackpool FC player Clarke Carlisle are hopeful he will make a full recovery after his collision with a lorry last week.

Carlisle, the former Premier League defender and Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chairman, who made close to 100 appearances for the Seasiders between 1997 and 2000, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries following the incident last Monday, and underwent surgery the following day.

The 35-year-old’s wife Gemma Carlisle posted a message on Twitter on Monday, saying: “Thank you for continuing messages of support and for media restraint.

“Clarke’s still very poorly but we’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.”

Carlisle’s most notable stint as a Premier League player came during his five years with Burnley, with him featuring for them in 2009-10, their first season in the division.

As a sign of the Clarets’ support for their former player, fans at Turf Moor clapped in the fifth minute of their game against Liverpool on Boxing Day as it correlates with the squad number Carlisle wore at the club.

As well as Burnley, there have also been messages of support for Carlisle from the other clubs he played for, which include Blackpool, QPR, Leeds, Watford and Northampton.

The Football Association, Football League and anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which Carlisle is an ambassador, all tweeted their support as well, while representatives from the PFA visited him in hospital.

Carlisle succeeded Chris Powell as PFA chairman in 2010 and carried out the role for three years before stepping down in 2013, the same year in which he retired from playing following a spell with Northampton.