Zuzenhausen - Boris Vukcevic has visited 1899 Hoffenheim's training ground for the first time since the serious road accident a year and a half ago which almost claimed his life.

Vukcevic met his teammates in the changing room and caught up with all the latest news before taking lunch in the club canteen. “It was great to come back again. Not much has changed really. I saw a few new faces, but a lot of familiar ones as well. It felt good,” the 24-year-old midfielder told the official 1899 website.

Thankful for “incredible” support

As to his own progress, Vukcevic revealed, “I'm doing well. The rehab programme demands a lot of time and effort and I sometimes find it pretty hard going. But every little improvement motivates me to keep at it.” The former Germany U-21 international said he would “definitely visit the ground as well soon to cheer on the team,” adding that the encouragement he has received “has been incredible over the past months. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans and everybody else who has had me in their thoughts over this difficult time. That support has really helped.”

Vukcevic, who is diabetic, crashed his car into an oncoming truck on 28 September 2012 after suffering a bout of hypoglycaemia. He underwent two operations for life-threatening head injuries and subsequently lay in a coma for seven weeks, but is now on course for a complete, if gradual, recovery.