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Return home a 'huge step' but devastating injuries will be a life sentence for Cox family

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Sean Cox is back home

Sean Cox is back home

Sean Cox is back home

While all three men who were convicted for their involvement in the violence that led to Sean Cox suffering life-changing injuries are now free, Sean and his family will live with the consequences of their actions for the rest of his life.

After the attack Sean's family, thrown into the shock of what happened, drew comfort from the outpouring of public feeling after the attack, including from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who has been supportive ever since, once citing the attack on Sean as the lowest point in his career.

Before the next leg in the semi-final decider with Roma a jersey from Sean's local GAA club, St Peter's Dunboyne, was requested by the Liverpool team and was hung on the dressing room wall for the players to see.

After Liverpool earned their spot in the Champions League final, having beaten Roma 7-6 on aggregate on May 8 that year, Liverpool players brought a banner with Sean's name on it, and the message "You'll Never Walk Alone", onto the pitch in his honour.

Family, neighbours and friends in the tight-knit Dunboyne community immediately set about starting a fundraising journey for Sean to ensure he received the best care and his wife was provided for.

Initially, Sean spent six weeks in a coma, but there has been huge progress since.

Sean was transferred to a Dublin hospital, and was then cared for at Dun Laoghaire National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Specialist

Then, last year, after nearly 18 months of treatment in Ireland, Sean was moved to a specialist neurological facility in the north of England for a 12-week rehabilitation scheme aimed at developing his speech and movement.

Last November, Sean was able to return to Anfield for the first time since the assault to watch Liverpool play Manchester City in a top of the table Premier League clash.

When his treatment in England was completed he was brought back to Ireland to the Marymount Care Centre in Lucan for further care.

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Liverpool stars with the banner

Liverpool stars with the banner

Liverpool stars with the banner

However, last month his family announced on social media that he is finally home for good.

Commenting on his return home, Sean's wife Martina said: "This is a day we as a family have been looking forward to for a long time.

"While Sean still has a long road to travel, having him home with us is an incredibly important step as we come together as a family unit again.

"I can't thank enough those who have helped Sean along the way over the past two years. Without a doubt, this support has made today possible.

"In particular, I would like to thank the incredible staff in Marymount Care Centre in Lucan for the care and support they have provided to Sean over the past number of months.

Donations

"At a time when staying at home takes on new meaning for all of us, it's clear that there is no other place that Sean would rather be.

"Hundreds of thousands of euro was raised through fundraising to help with the finance for his long-term treatment which will span years."

Donations were received from Roma and their chairman Jim Pallotta, Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's chief executive Peter Moore and sporting director Michael Edwards, Irish footballers David Meyler and Seamus Coleman, as well as more well-known names and members of the public.

Last year a "legends" charity match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin raised €748,000 for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

The match saw an LFC Legends side take on a Republic of Ireland XI to raise money for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

Sean's brother Peter said the support for their family "has been massive".