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Monday 26 March 2012

Coyle says Muamba's condition improving

Bolton boss says midfielder overwhelmed by support he has received

Bolton supporters showed support for their midfielder Fabrice Muamba at the weekend

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said midfielder Fabrice Muamba is continuing to recover from a cardiac arrest.

Muamba collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham on March 17th and has been receiving treatment at the London Chest Hospital since then.

"Fabrice had a decent weekend and has continued to improve," said Coyle. "He remains in intensive care so that shows he is still in a serious situation.

"Fabrice was able to watch Match of the Day on Sunday morning and he was deeply moved by the mosaic and the support he received from both the Bolton and Blackburn fans on the day.

"In the last 48 hours he is beginning to become aware of the global response"
- Owen Coyle

"He was pleased that his team-mates won the match, although he fell back asleep when the score was 2-0 [Bolton won 2-1].

"The fact he was able to watch a large part of the game, given where we were a week ago, is great news."

Premier League players wore t-shirts in support of Muamba at the weekend, as the football community continued to rally behind the 23-year-old.

"In the last 48 hours he is beginning to become aware of the global response, and he is overwhelmed by all the support," added Coyle.

"His family continue to spend time with Fabrice and a couple of players will visit him over these next few days to represent the squad.

"He is still in intensive care and it's important that he doesn't have too many visitors as he continues his recovery, step by step."

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Key Points

  • Manager Owen Coyle says Fabrice Muamba's recovery is ongoing
  • Midfielder was able to watch highlights of Bolton win over Blackburn on TV
  • Muamba is said to be overwhelmed by support from football community