Sean Cox has offered a message of thanks to well-wishers ahead of the meeting of Liverpool FC Legends and a Republic of Ireland XI Legends selection at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
All proceeds raised from the match will be donated to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
"Thank you" | Sean Cox addresses public for the first time.
Seán will attend Friday's charity match, Liverpool Legends vs. Ireland Legends in the Aviva Stadium - tickets are still available & all proceeds will go towards Seán's recovery.
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— Off The Ball (@offtheball) April 11, 2019
The Meath-native suffered life-altering injuries when he was the victim of an assault outside of Anfield ahead of Liverpool's Champions League tie with Roma last April.
After the attack, Seán spent five weeks in a specialist neurological unit in Liverpool, before being transferred by air ambulance to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
Seán is now in the care of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, where he continues to receive round the clock treatment.
Tickets for the 7.45pm kick off at the Aviva are available on Ticketmaster.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 4, 2019
Irish players such as Kenny Cunningham, Ray Houghton, Damien Duff and Niall Quinn will be joined in the stadium by the likes of Liverpool legends Sander Westerveld, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush and Steve McManaman.
Four players will represent both teams: Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Robbie Keane and John Aldridge.
Kenny Dalglish will manage the Liverpool side, while Mick McCarthy will take charge of the Irish team.
Speaking to Off The Ball last Sunday, Ireland captain Seamus Coleman discussed his involvement with the fundraising efforts:
"It is [close to my heart] I wanted to do something for an Irish man who I pictured leaving Dublin airport that morning, excited to go to a football game like all people do, and to think that something like that can happen just touched a spot.
"I just pictured him leaving Dublin airport, excited to go to a football match, and to think that something like that could happen just touched a spot."@seamiecoleman23 on his support for the #SeanCox charity match ☘
Full interview with Seamus here: https://t.co/z1hUjuHoKi pic.twitter.com/wH308u4lRR
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) April 7, 2019
"I wanted to help, and then at the training ground in Dublin I met the mother and the son and I wanted to do something.
"Sometimes, putting your name to things is not for personal recognition, it is to raise awareness for the cause and I think I did that.
"Now, with this game coming up, it will be great if people can get behind it because, from speaking to his wife, they are going to need some funding for his care.
"It should never happen. I think that Liverpool, as a club, have rallied around them brilliantly, and I hope that the game goes great."