Wales’ new football manager Ryan Giggs has sent a message of support to a teenager who was badly injured in an alleged street assault.
Wales Online reported “The football boss said he hopes to see Ifan Owens back supporting the national side soon.
It is exactly a month since the Aberystwyth University criminology student was left with serious injuries after an alleged early morning attack in the town.
The 19-year-old, from Cardiff, was in a coma for several weeks, but his family announced the good news this week that he had woken for the first time and is now breathing unassisted.
Now Ryan Giggs is hoping to aid his recovery with a message to the Wales fan filmed at Wrexham’s Racecourse ground.
He said: “Fantastic news Ifan that you are on the speedy road to recovery. Keep getting better. We are thinking of you. Hope to see you soon among the Red Wall.”
“Roeddem i gyd yn falch iawn o glywed y newyddion fod Ifan wedi deffro o’r coma ddoe. Pob dymuniad da i Ifan ac i chi fel teulu wrth iddo barhau i wella.”#unifanowens #redwall pic.twitter.com/Kkbb7p0gmg
— Gareth Owens (@BaldGog) February 14, 2018
FAWales said: “We were all very pleased to hear the news that Ifan had woken from his coma yesterday. Best wishes to Ifan and to you as a family as he continues to recover. #oneifanowens #redwall”
His father Gareth Owens replied: “Lovely message from FAWales and Ryan Giggs to Ifan Owens. Thanks for the lovely message.”
Television presenter Sarra Elgan and rugby star Jonathan Davies have also filmed messages of support.
Earlier this week Ifan’s dad announced his son had been taken off the ventilator and the breathing tube had been removed.
He was also able to use facial expressions to chose what he wanted to listen to.
In the days following the attack, the family said they had been “overwhelmed” by the amount of support.
The alleged attack on High Street, Aberystwyth, happened at about 2.20am on January 14.
Five men have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack. Two are on police bail and three have been released under investigation
Police have also made a fresh appeal as they want to speak to a man who gave first aid at the scene directly after the alleged assault.
Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Evans said: “We are still very keen to identify the man who administered first aid to Mr Owens before paramedics arrived. We would really like to speak to him to see if he can help in any way with our investigation.
“Anyone else who has not yet come forward who was in the High Street area between 1.30am and 2.30am and has information or footage of the incident, please get in touch.”
Call police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14. Or if you don’t want to speak directly to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111″ here.