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Schumacher to be woken up slowly

Michael Schumacher is being brought out of the medically induced coma, his manager has confirmed.

The German Formula One star was put in a medically induced coma, following a skiing accident in the French Alps in December.

In the past few days rumours were circulating that the sports legend was being brought back to consciousness and now his manager Sabine Kehm has confirmed the reports.

“Michael Schumacher’s family asks for privacy and respect, for patient confidentiality and that the doctors are not disturbed while they are doing their work,” she said in a statement.

“At the same time they want to give thanks for the support they have received from all over the world. Michael’s anaesthetic is being reduced to start the waking process, which can take a very long time. Originally it was agreed that this information would only be made public once the process was confirmed, in order to protect his family. We won’t be offering any further updates during the process.”

German focus.de also reports the 45-year-old is making “positive” progress and is even supposed to have blinked at one point.

Michael had been skiing off-piste with his son in the Meribel resort when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

It’s been a fraught time for his family, with wife Corinna and children Gina-Maria and Mick keeping vigil at his bedside.

"Corinna, of course, is really not good. But she is trying to be strong for Michael, to give him support and not allow negative thoughts to reach him," Sabine previously said.

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