POLICE have confirmed the man critically injured in a reported assault at the weekend is in a stable condition in hospital and could be released within days.
The 28-year-old was moved to a ward in John Hunter Hospital as he recovers from a serious head injury. He had been flown to the Newcastle hospital in a critical condition in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Detectives allege he was hit in the face and knocked unconscious between 12.15am and 1.10pm on November 8 at Willow Tree.
Raymond Tony Caban was refused bail in Tamworth Local Court on Monday, charged with reckless grievous bodily harm.
He was not required to enter a plea to the charge but his bid for bail was denied by magistrate Mal MacPherson who ordered him into custody until later this month.
It's the police case Caban, 28, was drinking with a group at a Willow Tree home when he allegedly turned on the victim and struck him in the face,
The 28-year-old victim was rushed to Quirindi hospital before being transported to Newcastle by the region's Westpac Rescue Helicopter, where he remained on Tuesday.
Police said the pair are known to one another. Investigations are continuing.