Clarke Carlisle still ‘serious’

Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle

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Mystery still surrounds the road accident which has left Preston-born ex-Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle “very poorly” in hospital.

Police are trying to establish why the 35-year-old TV pundit was walking along a dark dual carriageway in open countryside near York when he was struck by a lorry at around 7.30am on Monday.

Carlisle, once dubbed “Britain’s brainiest footballer,” was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where his injuries were later said to be “serious, but not life-threatening.”

His wife Gemma said he was “very poorly, but alive and stable.”

Carlisle, who went to school in Leyland, played for nine clubs during a 16-year career, including a loan spell with his hometown club Preston in 2011. He was chairman of the Professional Footballers Association from 2010 to 2013.

The Katy Holmes Trust, of which Carlisle is a patron, said on Facebook: “All of us here are so shocked. Our thoughts are with Clarke and his family at this very scary time for them all. We send so very much love to you all and pray for a speedy recovery.”

North Yorkshire Police have refused to release the identity of the casualty to media. The force said a “normal collision investigation” was ongoing.