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Lake Macquarie soccer player victim of one-punch attack

Lake Macquarie soccer player victim of one-punch attack Cameron Holzheimer. Photo: Simone de Peak

Cameron Holzheimer. Photo: Simone de Peak

Cameron Holzheimer in action for Lake Macquarie this year. Picture: David Stewart

TweetFacebook Cameron HolzheimerLake Macquarie defender Cameron Holzheimer was conscious and speaking to teammates on Tuesday in hospital after a frightening 24 hours followinga one-punch attackwhich left him with a fractured skull.

Holzheimer was out with teammates on Sunday night, as the Roosters enjoyed their bye weekend in the Northern NSW NPL, when hewas hit while on Union Lane, off King Street, in Newcastle just before midnight.

Police said the 20-year-old fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete after he was punched in the face.

Police said on Tuesday that investigations were continuing and no charges had been laid.

Holzheimer was in a serious condition in John Hunter Hospital on Monday but Roosters coach Nick Webb said the midfielder/defender was showing positivesigns on Tuesday.

Webb said Holzheimer’s parents, Shayne and Robyn, had travelled from Queensland on Monday morning to be with their son.

“He is mildly better tonight but it was a very stressful 24 hours for his family,” Webb said.“It was touch and go there for a while as the swelling increased. He was speaking this afternoon, saying he wants to be on the team sheet this weekend.”

The attack came just over two years since Holzheimer moved to Newcastle from Queensland to join the Jets Youth squad. A few days after arriving,Holzheimer was in the Mater Hospital in an induced coma fighting for his life after a catastrophicrespiratory failure.

He played last season in the NPL with Adamstown before following Webb to Adamstown along with flatmate and fellow Queenslander Mitch Hunter.

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