Clarke Carlisle 'getting stronger each day' after lorry collision

Clarke Carlisle
Burnley fans held a minute's applause for Carlisle at the Boxing Day match against Liverpool

Clarke Carlisle's wife says the former footballer is "getting better and stronger each day" as he continues his recovery from a collision with a lorry on 22 December.

"Thank you again for asking after Clarke. He is getting better & stronger each day," tweeted Gemma Carlisle.external-link

She also confirmed her husband is awake in a reply to another Twitter user.

The 35-year-old was seriously injured in the incident on the A64, near York, and remains in hospital in Leeds.

Centre-back Carlisle made more than 500 appearances during 16 years as a player with nine clubs - Blackpool, QPR, Leeds United, Watford, Luton (loan), Burnley, Preston (loan), York and Northampton.

He combined the later years of his career with his position as the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Associationexternal-link after succeeding Chris Powell in the role in November 2010.

He retired from playing in 2013 after Northampton were beaten by Bradford in the League Two play-off final and relinquished his PFA post last year.