Alan Ruschel has been flown back to Brazil two weeks after surviving the tragic Colombian plane crash.
The player, who has been recovering in the Somer Clinic in Rionegra, Colombia, had to be carried onto the flight home by the Brazilian air force.
A video appeared last week of Ruschel taking his first steps since miraculously surviving the accident, but more rehabilitation will be required before he is able to walk on his own two feet.
In the video, he delivers a thumbs up to supporters and says to the camera: “Thank you everyone, everyone worried about my recovery. This is Alan Ruschel.
“I wanted to tell you that I am recovering very well. I will soon be back in Brazil to finish recovering.
“I want to thank you for all of your support, for all of the caring messages that I received. Thank you everyone. Thank you very much.”
Ruschel had spinal surgery following the accident which was successful and hasn’t affected his movements, confirmed orthopaedic doctor Marcos Andre Sonagli.
His fellow defender Neto, who also miraculously survived the crash, has been told he will make a full recovery and could play football again.
Neto’s father said: “I can inform with much satisfaction and happiness that my son is getting better and better.
“They’ve just operated on his legs and the doctors have assured that he will be able to return playing football.”
When he woke up in hospital, he had no memory of the plane coming down and wanted to know the result of the Copa Sudamericana final between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional.
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He was also reportedly confused as to why he was lying in a hospital bed and unable to play in the match.
Doctors decided it was best to wait until Neto was in stable condition before revealing the awful news.
Just three players survived the crash, with reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman having one of his legs amputated.
Tributes have poured in from across the world for the tragedy-stricken club.
Atletico Nacional arranged for Chapecoense to be awarded the Copa Sudamericana, while Barcelona have invited the Brazilians to play a friendly at the Nou Camp this summer.
And goalkeeper Danilo was handed the Brazilian fans’ player of the year award.