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Muamba can recognise family — hospital and Bolton

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LONDON — Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba “has been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately”, his club Bolton and hospital have jointly said.

The 23-year-old can “breathe independently” without a ventilator, but remains in intensive care after a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

A joint statement by the London Chest Hospital and Bolton said he continued “to show signs of improvement”.

It added his condition was no longer critical, but remained serious.

An earlier statement had said “he is also moving his arms and legs”, but “his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time”.

The former England Under-21 player has been at the hospital’s heart attack centre after suffering the cardiac arrest during Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane.

His fiancee, Shauna Magunda, the mother of his son Joshua, posted on Twitter on Monday evening: “All your prayers are working people. Thank you so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger.”

A family friend, Curtis Codrington, also tweeted he had visited Muamba in hospital on Monday night. He said the player was as “strong as an ox”.

“He said my words can’t describe what I just saw,” he added. “To see his wife by his side was great.”
Club chairman Phil Gartside and manager Owen Coyle visited the player on Monday morning.

In a statement placed on the club website, Gartside said: “The staff at the London Chest Hospital have been nothing short of exceptional and I would like to thank them all at this ongoing critical time.

“The support we had from Tottenham and our own fans was fantastic — the staff, the fans, the players and the officials at the game — it was unbelievable.”

Manager Owen Coyle said: “Everybody is praying for Fabrice, which is very important and that has been a real source of strength to the family.”

Meanwhile, Bolton captain Kevin Davies said suggestions about the club withdrawing from the FA Cup because players were too upset to return to White Hart Lane were “irrelevant” as everybody was focused on Muamba’s health. —BBC Sport

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