Ryder releases statement after brutal attack as cricketer says he feels 'heaps better' after coming out of induced coma
00:05 GMT, 31 March 2013
07:04 GMT, 31 March 2013
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder today said he was 'heaps better' but 'really tired' in his first public statement since the attack which put him in intensive care.
The 28-year-old Wellington all-rounder was admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning and placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.
Ryder was yesterday brought out of the coma and is now out of intensive care.
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Stable condition: Jesse Ryder has come out of an induced coma and is regaining speech
Scene: The New Zealand cricketer was attacked close to Aikmans Bar
He today he released a statement
saying: 'I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I feel heaps
better today but still really tired.
'I’ve been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.
'I want to thank everyone who has
been caring for me at the hospital – they have been awesome. Thank you
to my family and friends who have been here also.'
Two men – a 20-year-old and a 37-year-old who police said are related – will appear in court on Thursday charged with assault.
Followed: The McDonald's in Merivale, Christchurch, where Ryder was attacked
Induced coma: Ryder remains in Christchurch hospital
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Police believe Ryder was involved in
an altercation with two people outside Aikmans bar in the Christchurch
suburb of Merivale shortly after 12.30am local time on Thursday morning,
and was then assaulted by one of the two, who followed him towards the
car park of a nearby McDonald’s.
Ryder, a controversial figure whose
career has been plagued by off-field incidents, has not played for New
Zealand since February last year.
He spent three days in intensive care
but on Saturday his manager, Aaron Klee, revealed that he is now
breathing independently and talking to his family. Police have arrested
Former New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien said of Ryder: 'He's the kind of guy that always will have a drink.
International: Ryder has played 18 Tests, 39 ODIs and 20 T20s for his country
'When he is off the stuff he's a
wonderful, wonderful man – he's one of the funniest guys and very jovial
- but on the other side of it, when he has been drinking he can
certainly suffer the lows.'
Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.