Liverpool supporter, Sean Cox, will leave his hospital surroundings for the first time since his attack, to attend a charity football match arranged in his honour.
This Friday, April 12, a team of Republic of Ireland legends will face a team of Liverpool legends in the Aviva Stadium to raise money for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Fund.
Mr Cox was attacked outside Anfield prior to Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Roma last April. He suffered serious brain injuries and is currently being cared for at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Mr Cox’s friend, Stephen Felle, confirmed that the Meath native will attend that game on Friday night.
“It’s going to be Seán Cox’s first move outside a medical environment in almost 12 months, so it’s very special for the family, and it’s very emotional for Martina. I was speaking to her this morning and I said ‘does Seán know he’s going?’ and she said he does.
“She keeps reminding him and he keeps smiling and he can’t wait. So he’s going to be in the Aviva on Friday.”
Confirmation that Niall Quinn will be part of the Republic of Ireland XI for Sean Cox Fundraiser against Liverpool Legends on April 12
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Mr Felle also explained that the 53-year-old is expected to leave the National Rehabilitation Hospital in June and return to the UK for further care.
Several legends of the game are set to take part this Friday with Robbie Keane leading out an Irish team that includes Ray Houghton, Niall Quinn and Kevin Kilbane while Ian Rush, Djibril Cisse and Robbie Fowler are among those lining out for Liverpool.
Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and Robbie Keane will represent both teams on the night.