Cristiano Ronaldo sends support to coma-stricken Danny Hodgson as Man Utd star invites him to game when better

CRISTIANO RONALDO and Dean Henderson have offered their support to English striker Danny Hodgson after he spent his 26th birthday in intensive care.

The Manchester United stars have wished the star well after he was critically injured in an unprovoked attack at a train station in Perth, Australia, on September 4.

Former Carlisle player Hodgson, who was part of the club's academy alongside Henderson, was struck from behind while celebrating the end of the National Premier League's Western Australia football season with his club ECU Joondalup.

He is now in a critical but stable condition after being placed in an induced coma, with his parents flying out to Perth to be by his side.

But due to the strict hotel quarantine rules in Australia due to coronavirus, they are unable to visit him in hospital.

Hodgson's story has sparked mass support from the football community in the United Kingdom and Australia, with Ronaldo inviting him to see a game at Old Trafford once he is better.

In a video sent to Hodgson, he said: "Hi Danny, I just hear about your history and I hope you get well soon.

"I invite you to come to one of [our] games in Manchester, so get well soon my friend. Take care."


In a separate video, Henderson commented: "Danny, I just wish you all the best mate. Stay strong, stay in there. You'll get through this, I promise.

"I know how hard you are and you'll be fine. I can't wait to get you over to a game and meet the boys.

"I've told them all about you and we're all in your corner as a club and as a team and we just wish you all the very best.

"I love you to bits mate and we need to get that game of Call of Duty once you've recovered! All the best pal."

Hodgson's side ECU Joondalup will face A-League outfit Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens in a fundraising match on Tuesday night.

Speaking of the situation, his mum Nicola said: "It is challenging to remain positive in hotel quarantine when all we want to do is wrap our arms around Danny.

"But we appreciate the Western Australia government allowing us to fly to Perth and respect their Covid-19 restriction.

“It means Danny is able to receive around the clock care from the wonderful Royal Perth Hospital ICU team, which may not be possible if the hospital system was overrun by critically ill Covid patients needing ventilation.”

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