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Clarke Carlisle in hospital following lorry collision

SERIOUS INJURIES: Carlisle applauding the Northampton Town crowd in 2013 (PA)

EX-BURNLEY DEFENDER Clarke Carlisle has been hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries from a reported collision with a lorry.

The former Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chairman is understood to have been involved in an accident on the A64 near York.

No official confirmation has been given for the cause of the collision. The full extent of his injuries have not yet been revealed, but some reports suggest his condition is not life-threatening.

The accident took place on Monday (Dec 22) and the 35-year-old was airlifted to "Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries", according to a police spokeswoman.

She added: "The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.

"The road was closed to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene."

The football community has been quick to send messages of support to the TV pundit and his family.

In a statement, the PFA said: “Everyone is keeping Clarke in their prayers and thoughts. We are offering our full help and support to him and his family.”

Equality group Kick It Out expressed its support for Carlisle, who acts as an anti-racism ambassador for the organisation.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Kick It Out are with Clarke Carlisle and his family. Stay strong our dear friend - keep on fighting", the group posted.

His wife Gemma used Twitter to thank people for their kind words. She posted: "Don't normally use this account anymore... But have been overwhelmed with your thoughts and prayers. Thank you."

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