Nathan Merritt’s sister says the South Sydney great’s condition is “improving slightly” with the 40-year-old still in hospital in Sydney.
Merritt was rushed to the city’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Friday and placed on life support, after being found unconscious at his aunt’s home.
The former Rabbitoh reportedly had an adverse reaction to prescribed painkillers.
Merritt’s sister, Teanne, posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon to say the family had received some mostly positive news about the winger’s condition.
“We have been informed that Nathan is improving slightly but has a long road to recovery,” Teanne Merritt said.
“We thank everyone, family and friends who came to visit Nathan and all the well wishes and kind words from everyone.”
A cult hero for the Rabbitohs, Merritt scored 154 tries in 237 NRL games and remains tied for 12th on the league’s all-time try list.
He retired from the NRL in 2014 but played in the Koori Knockout on the NSW Central Coast this month.
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