Liverpool fan Sean Cox makes emotional TV appearance and vows return to Anfield

Sean Cox with son Jack and daughters Shauna and Emma appear on the Late Late Show

Sean Cox with son Jack and daughters Shauna and Emma appear on the Late Late Show

By Eoin Murphy

Sean Cox has vowed to return to Anfield and cheer on his beloved Liverpool in a Premiership Match with his wife Martina.

The rabid Reds' supporter is continuing his recovery from the serious brain injury he sustained in an attack outside Anfield before the Champions League clash with AS Roma in April 2018.

Sean made a rare TV appearance on The Late Late Show on Friday from the family home in Dunboyne, Co Meath, while his wife Martina joined host Ryan Tubridy in the studio.

Flanked by his son Jack and daughters Shauna and Emma, Sean gave a thumbs up to the Irish nation from his couch, as he still struggles to speak.

He winked and joked and laughed at jokes about Martina’s cooking, as his wife revealed that they were already planning for Sean's Anfield return.

Liverpool fan Sean Cox with his wife Martina

Liverpool fan Sean Cox with his wife Martina

"He will definitely go to another Liverpool match, whenever that can happen,” she said.

“That’s the plan.

“He will probably go back to Sheffield to rehabilitation for another stint.

“We would love to get back to Portugal but, with Covid, that will be a problem - but even if we can get back as a family down to Rosses Point in Sligo, that would be great.

Martina has been married to Sean for over 30 years and the pair bought their family home in Dunboyne more than 18 years ago.

The couple celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in the summer.

And Martina told Ryan that Sean has been making real progress since moving home.

“He has settled really well back into the house, things are good.

“He has a long road ahead of him and he is making progress - but he is happy out under the same roof as all of us.

“It was critical for us, as far as I was concerned, to get him home.

“Home is where the heart is and we had two years without him, which was heartbreaking. He was very much missed but he is back now.

“It is a very different life, but we are getting on with it.

“He is having his rehabilitation at home, which is fantastic, and living his life as best we can during Covid times.”

Sean has been cocooning at home with the family due to the risk of Covid –19 infection.

But Martina admitted that having so much alone time with Sean had really helped them heal as a unit.

“When Sean came home first we were just on lockdown, which was good for us as a family, because we had to get used to Sean living with us and he had to get used to us.

“He had to get used to my cooking again. He has good days and bad days.

“There have been a lot of milestones that we have all missed out on, having said that, we have all had our birthdays in lockdown and we have had a really good time.

“We have a marathon ahead of us but we have to carve that pathway for ourselves.”

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