LYMM RUFC player Alex Bennett is showing signs of improvement after sustaining a spinal injury during the National League 3 North game at Sandal a fortnight ago.
The former Saracens, Orrell and England A player suffered a fractured C3 vertebrae in the upper spine as a result of a collision in the 25th minute of the game played at Milnthorpe Green on February 25.
He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent surgery.
Bennett remains on a ventilator in intensive care but Lymm’s director of rugby Steve Rule has reported that the back-row forward is “breathing independently” in short exercises and has been able to talk to his family for the first time since suffering the injury.
Rule has also reported that Bennett has “some actual movement in the feet and hands.”
Bennett was due to play for England Legends in their charity game against Ireland Legends at the Twickenham Stoop on March 16.
The annual game raises funds for the Injured Players Foundation (IPF), the RPA Benevolent Fund and the IRFU Charitable Trust to support injured players.
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