Attacked footballer Nicky Morgan joins team celebrations

Nicky Morgan said it was a day he did not think would ever happen

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A non-league footballer badly injured in an attack outside a nightclub described being able to celebrate his team's league victory as "amazing".

Billericay Town goalkeeper Nicky Morgan was initially left paralysed from the shoulders down following a fight in Brentwood in October.

Now able to walk, he is due to be discharged from hospital next month.

On Saturday the 26-year-old joined team-mates for the final match of their victorious Ryman Premier League season.

Mr Morgan was injured in the incident outside the Sugar Hut club on 28 October.

In December he was transferred from Queen's Hospital in Romford to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to begin his rehabilitation.

'Absolute miracle'

At the weekend he made his first visit to Billericay Town's New Lodge ground to collect his league winners' medal.

"To be honest it's a day I didn't think was going to happen," he said.

"A long time ago it wasn't in the front of my mind, but it became a goal to aspire to during my physio and work in the gym at Stoke Mandeville.

"But it's a double celebration, obviously with the lads winning the league and being back at the club, I'm over the moon."

After initial fears he would not walk again, Mr Morgan said his recovery had been an "absolute miracle".

"I wasn't prepared to let this beat me. I've still got to work to do on my arms, but I'm totally independent now," he said.

Billericay Town goalkeeper Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan is due to be discharged from hospital in late May

Billericay Town chairman, Steve Kent, said having Mr Morgan back at the club was "quite incredible".

"He's been such a large part of our season, even though he's not been here," he said.

"I really believe he had helped us in our promotion - he has driven everybody on."

A 33-year-old man from Sittingbourne was arrested and released on conditional bail on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

He is due to answer bail on 2 June.

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