New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder comes out of medically induced coma after he was attacked.
Kiwi Jesse Ryder has come out of his medically induced coma in Christchurch hospital three days after he was assaulted.
Ryder was put into the coma after suffering a fractured skull and punctured lung when he was attacked outside a bar.
Two men have since been charged with the assault on the all-rounder.
The 28-year-old had been in Christchurch with team mates from Wellington Firebirds when he was involved in an altercation with three men outside Aikman’s bar.
The kiwi was then attacked by two of those men in a McDonald’s car park and police had described Ryder’s condition as critical.
However the all-rounder seems to be moving towards recovery after coming out of his coma.
“Jesse is awake and talking to us,” Ryder’s manager was quoted on the BBC.
“It’s been a pretty difficult few days, but having some wins over the last 24 hours has been a huge relief.”
Before the attack the New Zealander was due to fly to India to join up with the Delhi Daredevils for the sixth edition of the IPL.
Although Ryder used to be a regular in the international setup the player has been in self-imposed exile since February 2012, after struggling with alcohol and disciplinary problems.
Yet police say that alcohol was not a factor in the former Black Caps star being attacked last week.
The two charged men, aged 20 and 37, will appear before Christchurch District Court on April 4.