Sinsheim - Eight weeks after a serious road accident, 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic has awoken from a clinically-induced coma and is able to communicate with his relatives for several hours a day, his club have confirmed.

The 22-year-old is continuing his recovery from the crash in which he sustained serious head injuries in a rehabilitation clinic in Heidelberg, but the first positive signs are arriving. No precise prognosis can yet be given as to whether the Germany Under-21 international will be able to make a complete recovery.

In good hands

“We’re really delighted that things are continuing to improve for Boris,” said Hoffenheim’s general manager Andreas Müller. “We think about him every day. Of course we, the players and his colleagues would love to visit him, but that is totally secondary right now. What’s more important is that he receives the best possible conditions for his recovery and we fully understand his family’s wishes.”

Vukcevic’s family are constantly at the player’s side along with doctors and they have appealed for privacy to help in Vukcevic’s recovery. “We are pleased that Boris is making progress but we continue to ask, for the sake of our son, to respect that he still has a long way to go and he still needs a lot of peace and quiet," said his parents Dragan and Sonja Vukcevic in a statement.