Sinsheim - Hoffenheim midfieder Boris Vukcevic is continuing along the road to recovery after being involved in a car crash last year.

“I’d prefer to be able to thank every single one of you individually,” said the 23-year-old in Hoffenheim’s season preview magazine. “Nobody need worry about me anymore.”

The Germany under-21 international was in a coma for seven weeks after losing consciousness and crashing his car en route to training on 28 September 2012. The diabetic’s blood sugar levels had dropped, leading to the loss of control and impact which resulted in serious head injuries and a long stay in hospital.

”I’m doing well”

It remains unclear whether or when the Croatia-born player will be able to return to the game, given the extent of the injuries he received in the crash, but he is making progress and can now walk unassisted. “I’m doing well, but the time’s not right for that yet,” he said. “I’ve still got a lot of work.”

“I’d like to carry on taking small steps forwards and can only ask everybody to respect that.” Vukcevic remains part of the for the 2013/14 campaign and could still add to his 78 Bundesliga appearances.