Ryder on feet in 'remarkable' recovery


Bashed cricket star Jesse Ryder is back on his feet and walking around in hospital as his "remarkable" recovery continues.

The 28-year-old was savagely punched and kicked outside a Christchurch bar after a season's end night out with Wellington Firebirds' teammates last Wednesday.

Two men, aged 20 and 37, have been charged with assault and will appear in the city's district court on Thursday.

Ryder will be interviewed by police in the next few days.

After two days in an induced coma with a fractured skull and punctured lung, he was moved out of the intensive care unit at Christchurch Hospital on Sunday, and is now in a stable condition in a ward.

While he still has no recollection of the attack, he's able to stand, walk and talk cricket with his manager.

He's even speaking of his disappointment at missing out on showing off his cricketing abilities at the IPL competition which starts this week.

"He saw it as a great opportunity to get back on the world stage and do what he does best," said Ryder's manager Aaron Klee, who flew to be by his bedside within hours of the attack.

Mr Klee was amazed at how much Ryder's condition had improved over the Easter weekend. "It's been remarkable to see how someone can go from the state he was in to where he's at now," Mr Klee said. "He's up on his feet ... he can walk around the room, but he's still very weak.

"He continues to get better and build his strength. He's still got injuries but we'll continue to work through them. It's just time and rest from here."

Support for Ryder flooded in from around New Zealand and the world after the attack.

On Sunday, he responded by releasing a statement to let his fans know: "I'm OK." And yesterday he updated his Facebook status via mobile to say: "Thanks for all the support guys."

However, Ryder had a lot of recovery work to do before he could pull on the pads again, Mr Klee said.

"He's had a very bad concussion. The lingering effects of that won't be known until they wear off, so there's a lot to be determined before we can think about getting back on the park."

But after seeing how much fight and resolve he had, Mr Klee wouldn't be surprised if Ryder made a full recovery.

"There's a very strong drive within Jesse. It helps him, makes him who he is, and probably contributed to his ability and success as a cricketer.

A hospital spokesman said Ryder's condition was "still improving".

Ryder's mother Heather and girlfriend Ally didn't want to speak to the media, the spokesman said: "They just want to focus on getting him better now." APNZ

- Hawkes Bay Today

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