Coyle: Fabrice Is Speaking

  • March 20, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed he has spoken with Fabrice Muamba, who remains in a critical condition following his cardiac arrest on Saturday.

Muamba has been in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital since Saturday evening, but appears to be making steady improvements as he continues to fight for his life.

Reports emerged on Monday suggesting the 23-year-old had began speaking in both English and French and Coyle has now confirmed he has held a short conversation with the player.

"The consultants have stressed to us that it is still incredibly early in the process," Coyle said. "They continue to monitor Fabrice's condition.

"His heart is beating without the help of medication but we remain very much at the beginning of a long-term journey for Fabrice and his family.

"He has been visited today by a number of our players. The skipper (Kevin Davies) came down, along with Nigel (Reo-Coker), Mark (Davies) and Darren (Pratley), and we are expecting more of the lads throughout the day.

"I have been in to see Fabrice and we had a brief exchange of words. That will remain private.

"Fabrice is a fighter and his family have shown great strength in this testing time. They have been greatly comforted by the huge amount of support they have received from around the world.

"I'd like to thank all our Wanderers fans who have been in touch, and a special mention must go to our supporters on Saturday who were outstanding, as indeed were Tottenham's."

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