The family of Jordan Flores have expressed their gratitude for the support shown to the player by Chesterfield Football Club after last Monday’s car crash.
The 22-year-old was involved in a serious crash on Baslow Road, Eastmoor and remains in hospital.
Another driver was airlifted to Nottingham for treatment for what Derbyshire Police have confirmed as ‘broken bones.’
Following the head-on collision Flores was initially taken to Chesterfield Royal before being transferred to the Northern General in Sheffield.
As Town boss Jack Lester revealed on Saturday, the on-loan Wigan player might not need surgery.
Dad Manny and the Flores family have been by the youngster’s side as he begins his recovery.
“It’s been manic, so busy, but at the same time there’s been a lot of time for thinking about what’s happened, and what the next step will be,” admitted the midfielder’s father, speaking to the Wigan Observer.
“We’ve been over there to see him every day – his mum, Tracy, and his brother, Adam too – commuting on the motorway, trying to support him as best we can.
“We’ve been leaving after the traffic in the morning, spending all day with him, and then coming home at night – long days.
“Work have been really great with me – they’ve told me to do what I have to do, which has been so helpful.
“It is what it is. He’s actually been very lucky, with it being a head-on crash.”
Flores senior says his son is in ‘the best place’ in the Northern General’s specialist spinal centre.
“One of the specialists said that, if it was his son, he’d let him rest for four weeks, and try and let it heal naturally,” explained Manny.
“Jordan’s a young, fit lad, and fingers crossed will be a good healer.
“We’ve got one shot at this, and obviously we need to go down the route of no surgery if we possibly can.”
The family have been buoyed by the ‘hundreds of people’ sending their best wishes for his recovery.
And Chesterfield have played their part in supporting their loan signing.
“It’s been absolutely overwhelming to be honest, humbling even. We’re so appreciative.
“Max Power came over at the weekend with his family...he’s probably the player Jordan’s closest to at Wigan, along with David Perkins.
“Paul Cook’s been in touch most days, and David Sharpe and Jonathan Jackson have been very supportive.
“The Wigan medical staff have also been to see to work out what they can do, and formulating a plan to get him on the road to recovery.
“All the Chesterfield lads have been to see him, (manager) Jack Lester’s been over most days, so he’s felt very supported.
“Jordan knows he’s been given an opportunity, and he wants to do everything he can to make the most of it.
“He also wants to thank each and every person who has passed on their best wishes.
“It means the world to him, and he says he’s even more determined to make a full recovery.”