Ricky Ashworth has made signs of progress in his coma, including breathing on his own on Monday night.
The Berwick Bandits rider has been unconscious since suffering a head injury in an accident at Scunthorpe just over a week ago.
His sister Jade tweeted on Monday evening: “Today Ricky has been able to breathe on his own and slightly moved his tongue! Still in a coma but it’s a very good sign! Fingers crossed.”
Scunthorpe Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “It’s a little bit of good news in desperate times, so we’re clinging to that.
“It’s the first time since the accident that he’s breathed by himself. It was a bolt out of the blue.”
Ashworth remains in Hull Royal Infirmary. The 30-year-old suffered the injury in the Scorpions’ Premier League clash against Berwick on Friday, August 2.
Scunthorpe will be selling wrist bands with the message ‘Pray For Ricky’ at their home meeting with Plymouth this Friday to raise funds for the rider and his family.