London: Former Premier League defender Clarke Carlisle is "very poorly" but "alive and stable" after being hit by a truck, his wife Gemma announced on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old who played for Burnley, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers was struck by a lorry in North Yorkshire on Monday.
His wife posted the first update on her husband`s condition on Twitter: "Clarke`s very poorly but he`s alive and stable. Best Christmas gift we as a family could wish for. Thanks again."
Carlisle became the Professional Players Association chairman in 2010 and carried out the role for three years before stepping down in 2013.
Representatives from the PFA visited Carlisle in hospital, and in a short statement the organisation said: "Everyone at the PFA is keeping Clarke Carlisle in their prayers and thoughts.
"We visited Clarke at the hospital yesterday and we are offering our full help and support to him and his family at this difficult time."