Institute midfielder Niall Grace is 'awake and talking' and has been moved out of intensive care, as he continues his recovery from a vicious assault in the early hours of September 11.

The 24-year-old became critically ill after being punched in Waterloo Street in Londonderry, but a club statement has confirmed that the midfielder is making progress in hospital.

Niall is “conscious and talking and able to recognise family and friends,” read the statement which also put on record the family's wish to thank those who have shown support over the past fortnight.