DANNY Chatfield is in good spirits after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain in Saturday's match against Old Collegians.
The East Warrnambool Football Netball Club senior coach was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital after a horrific on-field collision with Ben Turner-Dwyer.
Mr Chatfield's wife Amy said her husband was in great spirits.
"He is sitting up, joking around and being his usual cheeky self," she said.
Mrs Chatfield said her husband was determined to get out of hospital as soon as possible to return home to see his three boys Jyah, 12, Kobi, 10, and Vann, nine months.
She said the couple did not know when that would be, with doctors indicating he wouldn't be released before the end of the week.
Mr Turner-Dwyer said he had a sleepless night on Saturday after the incident.
"I was just so glad to hear he's OK," Mr Turner-Dwyer said.
"It was tough to get to sleep on Saturday night."
Mr Turner-Dwyer said he was extremely grateful when Mrs Chatfield sent him a message on Sunday to let him know her husband was OK. On Monday Mr Turner-Dwyer was back at work at Clinton Baulch Motor Group after getting the all clear for any serious injuries on Saturday after the incident.
He said he was feeling fine and was more concerned about his opponent.
"I'm fine, when you look at what happened to Danny there's no way I would complain," Mr Turner-Dwyer said.
He said he has some recollection of the incident.
"I was running towards the footy and I just caught him out of the corner of my eye at the last second and then there was the impact," Mr Turner-Dwyer said.
He said after the impact he had double and blurry vision, which lasted about half an hour and a headache which lasted several hours.
In addition to that he has some numbness on the left side of his face, describing it as feeling as if he has been to the dentist. The 30-year-old was elated to hear Mr Chatfield was sitting up in his hospital bed.
"That's unreal news," he said.
"Hopefully he'll be home soon." Mr Turner-Dwyer said he had been advised to get further check-ups with his doctor this week.
But as soon as he is given the all clear he will be back on the footy field.
"I'll be guided by the health professionals but I hope to be back sooner rather than later," Mr Turner-Dwyer said.
The incident happened in the first quarter of the Bombers' match against Old Collegians at Reid Oval.
Hundreds of people have sent messages of support to Mr Chatfield on Facebook.
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