Mother of hammer attack victim thanks well-wishers
The mother of a promising rugby player who was left with a hammer embedded in his skull during an alleged assault has thanked well-wishers.
Matthew Probert, 21, a first team loose-head prop for Scunthorpe Rugby Club, was on a night out in Lincoln when he was allegedly attacked at about 12.50am on September 1 in Hungate near Revolution Bar and Home nightclub.
Lincolnshire Police say he remains in a stable condition at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield after undergoing surgery to remove the hammer.
Mum Joanne Probert took to social media and thanked people for their kind thoughts after dozens of messages of support were posted on the social networking site Facebook.
She wrote: "Thank you to each and everyone of you for your messages and support.
"It has meant so much to me and his family knowing so many people are out there thinking of him. X".
Ian Horton posted: "I hope Scunthorpe prop Matthew Probert makes a full recovery."
And Peter Markham said: "I hope you have a speedy recovery Matthew."
Daniel Crookes wrote: "Hope you're getting better mate, wishing you and the family my luck stay strong."
Yasmin Snowden posted: "Probe mate what's happened? Hope your back on your massive feet soon ! Sending lots of love !! Put all your power into getting better soon ! Xxx"
And there was this from Daisy Vollans: "Big love and bear hugs Probey! Be Strong, you'll be right as rain in no time I'm sure of it." Girlfriend Elisha Davis said: "Just to let everyone know Matthew Probert seems to be making a good recovery, for anyone asking about visiting, hospital staff and family request no visitors for the time being but will let everyone know when he is well enough!"
Louie Clayton, press secretary of Scunthorpe RUFC, told the Echo: "Our thoughts are with his family and we hope he will recover and resume his rugby career.
"Matthew has been in the first team for a couple of years now and he's been a regular and very well respected member of the senior squad.
"He's a local boy who followed his dad into the club. He played through the juniors and then the under-19s and graduated into the adult teams and quickly made it into the first team."
Kris James Bradley, 22, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on September 3 charged with attempted murder following an alleged hammer attack in Hungate, Lincoln.
Bradley, of Kent Street, Lincoln, was remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on September 17.