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Former PFA rep and much travelled player Clarke Carlisle poorly after being hit by lorry

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Clarke Carlisle's wife says the former footballer is "very poorly" but "alive and stable" after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a lorry near York on Monday.

Gemma Carlisle also tweeted her continued thanks to well-wishers.

Carlisle, 35, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary following the accident on the A64, near the village of Bishopthorpe whilst North Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident.

Carlisle's former clubs and team-mates have tweeted their support for the player, who represented nine clubs during his professional career.

A number of organisations and charities that Clarke works for or has worked for have also all sent messages of support to the former Professional Footballers' Association chairman.

The PFA said it had visited Carlisle in hospital, adding: "We are offering our full help and support to him and his family at this difficult time."

Carlisle began his professional career with Blackpool but also turned out for QPR, Leeds United, Watford, Luton Town, Burnley, Preston North End, York City and Northampton Town.

After he stopped playing, he began working for the PFA and was also a television and radio pundit.

He was also a contestant on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and a guest on BBC's Question Time.

He is also an ambassador for equality campaign body Kick It Out.

Burnley said there would be a show of support for Carlisle with a minute's applause in the fifth minute of their Boxing Day game with Liverpool.

Clarke used to wear the number five shirt when a player at Turf Moor.

Everyone at FTD wishes him a speedy recovery and our hearts go out to his wife and family.

JB

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