Belfast Telegraph

Muamba shows 'small improvement'

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 on Monday 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."

It was confirmed on Sunday that the former England Under-21 skipper would be anaesthetised for at least another 24 hours and there has been no further update on that situation.

In addition, Bolton have not confirmed how long manager Owen Coyle intends to maintain his own vigil for the player, having remained in London since Muamba was rushed to hospital to receive emergency treatment.

"We are all after the same objective; to see that lovely young man, who has such a fantastic smile. That's what we want to see again," Coyle said.

"When you look through what he's come through in his life already, he's a natural fighter. Also, he's a physically fit young man so I think those two things will be a source of help and encouragement."


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