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Wednesday 21 March 2012

Bolton v Blackburn match goes ahead

Trotters to resume Barclays Premier League duties as Fabrice Muamba recovers

Sunderland's players showed support for Fabrice Muamba before their match at Blackburn

Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that their Barclays Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday 24th March will go ahead.

Their League match against Aston Villa on Tuesday was postponed after midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during their FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on Saturday.

"Fabrice's father and his fiancee were keen that we fulfil our fixtures"
- Owen Coyle

Muamba, 23, is in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital where he is recovering, and Bolton's management and players have decided to resume playing duties.

The club have also announced that their FA Cup tie against Tottenham will also take place on Tuesday, 27th March at 7.30pm.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle stated that the decision to go ahead with the Blackburn fixture was taken after consultation with Muamba's family and the club's players.

"We spoke together with the players as a group on Wednesday morning and I talked with Fabrice's family on Tuesday night," said Coyle.

"Fabrice's father Marcel and his fiancee Shauna were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches."

Muamba - who suffered a cardiac arrest - is still in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, with Bolton manager Owen Coyle stating on Tuesday that the player is at the start of a "long journey" as he continues his recovery.

Muamba is continuing to show signs of improvement in hospital, with reports stating that he has been able to speak some words in French and English.

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Key Points

  • Bolton v Blackburn on Sat 24 March goes ahead
  • Club will resume playing duties as Fabrice Muamba continues to recover
  • FA Cup tie at Spurs will also be played in coming weeks