New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has been allowed to go home six days after being attacked.
Kiwi all-rounder Jesse Ryder has been released from hospital after being in a medically induced coma for injuries he sustained when he was attacked last Thursday.
The 28-year-old was taken to Christchurch hospital with a fractured skull and punctured lung when he was assaulted in the early hours of the morning.
At the time Ryder’s condition was described as critical but the New Zealander has made a steady recovery over the past few days and has now been deemed healthy enough to return home.
“Jesse’s returned home to Wellington this evening, the hospital released him this afternoon, he’s improved to a stage where he’s been discharged,” Ryder’s manager Aaron Klee was quoted on the Telegraph’s website.
The all-rounder was attacked in a McDonald’s car park by two or three people after having an altercation with them outside Aikman’s bar.
Two men, aged 20 and 37, have been charged with the assault on the former Black Caps star and will appear at Christchurch District Court on Thursday.
Ryder has had a controversial career to date, struggling with alcohol-related problems and putting himself in exile from the international game in February 2012.
However, the all-rounder has enjoyed a good run of form in domestic formats and would have been lining up for the Delhi Daredevils today in the IPL had he not been attacked.
Ryder thanked his supporters on Twitter in the wake of his return home from hospital:
Once again the support everyone has shown me is amazing thank you all so much.
— Dija (@DijaRyder) April 2, 2013
It is not known exactly how long it will take for the New Zealander to make a full recovery and return to normal life.