Irishman Sean Cox has released a video thank you to all those who have been raising funds for his recovery.
The short video posted to Twitter is the first time Mr Cox has been seen publicly since he was attacked outside Anfield before Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against AS Roma last year.
He spent five weeks in a specialist neurological unit in Liverpool after the attack, before being transferred back to Dublin.
He is now in the care of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, where he continues to receive round the clock treatment.
Liverpool legends will take on an Irish 11 in a special fundraising football match in his honour at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow – with stars like Robbie Keane, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush set to take part.
Mr Cox will make his first public appearance since the attack at the game and this morning, he posted a thank you to everybody that has fundraised in his honour.
— Support Sean (@coxynwa) April 11, 2019
Last week, Mr Cox’s wife Martina thanked everybody who has worked to support the family.
"Life has changed a lot - there's just myself and three kids at home in our house, and then Sean's been in hospital for the last year and that has been incredibly difficult.
"Life revolves around going to see Sean and all the different plans and things that have to be in place.
"I'd just like to thank everybody for the huge support they've given to Sean over the last year, and just to say a massive thank you to everybody."
Three men have been jailed for engaging in violent disorder ahead of the match last April.
One of those was jailed for three-and-a-half years for unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.
The match kicks off at 7:45pm tomorrow and tickets are available here.