OZZY IS ‘VERY MUCH BETTER’

However, doctors remain unsure as to whether he will be allowed home for Christmas...

OZZY OSBOURNE is ‘very much better’ following his quad bike crash earlier this month, though it still remains unclear whether the rocker will be allowed home for Christmas with his family.

The singer is now up and about and making a good recovery from the accident which saw him break eight ribs, his collarbone and fracture a vertebra in his neck.

Dick Jack, the medical director at Slough’s Wexham Park Hospital said: “Mr Osbourne is very much better and continues to make steady progress.”

He added: “He has been breathing independently for five days now, is eating well and no longer confined to bed.”

Ozzy’s son Jack has flown in from Los Angeles to see his dad, joining mum Sharon and sister Kelly.

However, yesterday a spokesperson for the family remained unsure as to whether the Osbournes would be able to spend Christmas together at home: “Jack has arrived, so they’ll all be together but we still don’t know about Ozzy. That’s down to the hospital to decide.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, the former Black Sabbath singer was taken into the intensive care unit in Wexham Park Hospital, after he crashed a quad bike on his Buckinghamshire estate (December 8). Ozzy underwent emergency surgery to correct the collarbone and to fix damaged blood vessels.

Sharon revealed last week that it would be “probably about six months” before the rocker gets back to his old self.

Since Ozzy has been in hospital, he has hit the Number One spot in the UK singles chart (December 14).

’Changes’, the duet he has recorded with Kelly, went straight to the top of the charts last Sunday.

However, it remains to be seen whether ‘Changes’ can claim the Christmas Number One tomorrow (December 21), in the face of strong competition from The Darkness’ ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ and ‘Mad World’ by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules.