A Harrogate rugby player was left with a fractured skull after an assault in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The player had been on a night out on Parliament Street when he was punched by another man.
He fell to the floor and hit his head on concrete, leaving him with a fractured skill.
The Harrogate RUFC player told the Harrogate Advertiser: “You hear stories about people not getting back up from a hit like that.
“My parents are a bit upset, they are used seeing me knocked about on the pitch a bit but this is something completely different.”
The player has been told it will take at least six weeks to recover from the injury which required four stitches and said he has had headaches since the attack.
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called to a disturbance in Parliament Street, Harrogate at around 4am on Sunday 29 September.
“A 19-year-old Harrogate man assaulted another man and was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
“The victim sustained a serious head injury.”'