New bride Michelle at husband Ronan Clarke's bedside following serious head injury in club match
2002 All-Ireland winner is making "slow but steady" progress according to his club
Former Armagh footballer Ronan Clarke is making "slow but steady" progress according to his club this morning after he was admitted to intensive care following a head collision on Friday evening.
The 32-year-old suffered the serious injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship, a game Maghery won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-08.
Clarke, a member of the Armagh side which defeated Kerry the 2002 All-Ireland Football Final, was transported to Craigavon Hospital.
A Pearse Og spokesperson this morning that Clarke is making “slow but steady progress”, with Gaelic Life also reporting of an improvement in Clarke's condition.
“Ronan Clarke is understood to have made significant improvement. He remains in intensive care but there have been positive signs with the star expected to undergo tests in the coming days.”
Clarke had scored two points before suffering the injury. It is believed he collided into a goalpost on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.
The two-time All Star got married a few weeks ago and his new bride Michelle and family have been at his bedside since the accident according to local reports.
There has been widespread support from across the GAA community with a number of high profile players posting their thoughts on social media.
"Desperate news about Ronan Clarke. Great fella. Hope he makes full recovery. No doubt he will. Best wishes fella," Irish Independent and five-time All-Ireland winner Tomás Ó Sé posted on his Twitter account this morning.
We wish our former senior footballer and Pearse Óg clubman Ronan Clarke a speedy recovery from an injury he picked up last night.— Armagh GAA (@Armagh_GAA) August 15, 2015
Desperate news about Ronan Clarke. Great fella. Hope he makes full recovery. No doubt he will. Best wishes fella— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) August 16, 2015
Donegal GAA send Ronan Clarke @Armagh_GAA our best wishes our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Gael— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) August 15, 2015
Gaelic Tyrone, hold Ronan Clarke, Armagh Champion footballer, in your thoughts and prayers as he deals with a... http://t.co/kalB49UccQ— Tyrone GAA (@TyroneGAALive) August 15, 2015
"Terrible news regarding Ronan Clarke, here's to a quick and full recovery," former Wexford star Matty Forde added.
One of the deadliest forwards in his prime, Clarke was awarded All Stars in 2006 and 2008 in a career that was often hampered by injuries.