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Monday 19 March 2012

Muamba shows signs of improvement

Bolton midfielder remains in intensive care after collapsing during FA Cup tie

Midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham on Saturday

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba is continuing to show "signs of improvement" but remains in a London hospital after collapsing against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during the Trotters' FA Cup quarter-final match at White Hart Lane and was taken to the London Chest Hospital.

In a statement on Monday evening, Bolton said: "He is continuing to show signs of improvement.

"Muamba's family are so thankful for the goodwill and they want to put that on record"
- Owen Coyle

"He is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately.

"These are all positive signs of progress. However, his condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.

"His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time."

Bolton have been overwhelmed by messages of support from the football world, something manager Owen Coyle reflected upon as he spoke from outside the hospital on Monday lunchtime.

"The goodwill, the prayers from everybody, they [Muamba's family] are so thankful and they want to put that on record - to say 'keep up the prayers, thanks for all the support,'" said Coyle.

"They have been inundated as we all have, both in the football community globally and family and friends. People are taking a genuine interest and a real concern with how Fabrice is doing.

"We all know he's such a wonderful lad, he's a young man and we all hope that will help in this brave fight which he is undergoing at the moment.

"You look at what Fabrice has been through in life already and you can tell that he is a fighter. He has such a fantastic smile and that's what we all want to see again."

"His long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time"
- Bolton statement

Bolton's Monday evening statement followed an afternoon update which said that signs of improvement in his condition had been noted.

It read: "Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement.

"His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs.

"However, his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time."

Saturday's FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane was abandoned after 41 minutes after Muamba's collapse, while Bolton's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa on Wednesday has been postponed.

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Key Points

  • Fabrice Muamba showing signs of improvement after cardiac arrest on Saturday
  • Midfielder is breathing without need for a ventilator
  • Muamba's heart is beating without help of medication