A football fan was left in a coma after plunging from an elevated road leading up to Wembley Stadium after his team’s FA Cup Final defeat against Arsenal.
Aston Villa supporter Ian Coyle was making his way home after the 4-0 defeat on Saturday (May 30) when he suffered serious injuries after falling from Olympic Way.
It is understood the 43-year-old salesman was in a coma for two days, until eventually waking.
His wife Ann-Marie Coyle said the family had been “overwhelmed” by support received on social media following the incident on the famous walkway, known as Wembley Way.
“I would like to say that me and his family are overwhelmed with love, support, messages and calls we have all received,” she wrote on Facebook.
“As of today, Ian is awake and has talked - slightly confused - and now awaiting his operation on his back as he needed to be more stable for them to even consider it.
“We have an awful long way to go, he will be kept in London for a while and I don’t know what the outcome will be as yet.
“I can’t possibly reply to all your kind messages but thank you so much Ann xx.”
On hearing the news that Mr Coyle had woken from his coma, friends rallied around to share their support on Facebook.
Karen Henson wrote: “Brilliant that he is responding even just a little. Bones will fix with time and Ian is made of good stuff. Everybody loves Ian so with all that love and support he will back to himself sooner than you think. You remember Ann to take care of you too! God Bless honey xxxxx”
Julie Pettigrew added: “So pleased to hear Ian is awake. Thinking of you all and hoping for a speedy recovery xx.”
Maggie Bevan said: “My prays and thoughts are with you and all your family at this very traumatic time, you know everyone there for you lots of love xxxx.”
Originally published on Birmingham Mail Online .