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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba "showing signs of improvement"

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tributes and get well messages are laid outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tributes and get well messages are laid outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: A message from a Manchester United supporter is left outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Bolton Wanderers supporters lay a tribute outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
BOLTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tributes and get well messages are laid outside the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba at Reebok Stadium on March 19, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Fans leave well wishes at the Reebok Stadium for Bolton Wanderer's Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane yesterday evening
A view of shirts that have been left from from well wishers at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, for Bolton Wanderer's Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane yesterday evening
Get well soon messages to Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, who remains in a critical condition in hospital today after suffering from a heart attack, outside the Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle (centre) speaks outside the London Chest Hospital, London, alongside Chairman Phil Gartside (right) where footballer Fabrice Muamba is being treated after he collapsed during a game yesterday
Media outside the London Chest Hospital, in Hackney, London, where Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba is being treated following his collapse during the FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: John Obi Mikel celebrates with goal scorer Gary Cahill who shows his support for Fabrice Muamba during the FA Cup sixth round match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on March 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Liverpool fans hold a sign in support of Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers during the FA Cup with Budweiser Sixth Round match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on March 18, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Wolverhampton Wanderers players clap in support of Bolton Wanderers Fabrice Muamba during the Barclays Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton
Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers remains in a critical condition in intensive care
Get well messages for Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba outside the London Chest Hospital, London, where he is being treated after collapsing during a game yesterday

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is showing "small signs of improvement" but remains "critically ill", according to the London Chest Hospital.

It is now almost 48 hours since the 23-year-old collapsed during his side's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham at White Hart Lane after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Medical staff took two hours to get Muamba's heart working again, but in a statement this afternoon, it was revealed there have been further small reasons for optimism.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement," read a joint statement, released by Barts and the London NHS Trust and Bolton.

"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.

"He is still critically ill and will continue to be closely monitored and treated by staff in The London Chest Hospital's intensive care unit."

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