Fabrice watched us beat Blackburn… but fell asleep at 2-0, reveals Bolton boss Coyle
10:41 GMT, 26 March 2012
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Fabrice Muamba watched his team-mates in action against Blackburn on Match of the Day on Sunday morning – and fell asleep when the score was 2-0.
Coyle has reported a further improvement in Muamba's condition over the weekend, although the midfielder remains in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field during last weekend`s game with Tottenham.
'Fabrice is able to recognise people and answer questions,' said Coyle.
Positive signs: Bolton boss Owen Coyle (left) says Fabrice Muamba is improving
'He also watched Match of the Day on Sunday morning, which shows he is making progress, although he did fall asleep with the score at 2-0.'
Coyle also confirmed that a small delegation of Bolton players will visit Muamba at the London Chest Hospital ahead of Tuesday's rearranged FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.
Tribute: Bolton players warmed up wearing Muamba's name and number
That promises to be another emotional occasion given it was at White Hart Lane that Muamba suffered his cardiac arrest.
'It will give us a chance to thank the Tottenham fans because last Saturday it was almost like a sixth sense had taken over,' said the Scot. 'There was a real sense of unity.
'Is it going to be tough Yes.'
Double delight: David Wheater (centre) scored twice for Bolton against Blackburn
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Improving: Fabrice Muamba watched his team-mates on Match of the Day
A statement on behalf of the family read: 'Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital where his condition is serious but stable. He continues to make encouraging progress in his recovery.
'Over the weekend, he has been able to sit out of bed for a short time, watch television and has begun to eat.
'However, he will need to continue to be closely monitored by the medical team at the London Chest Hospital for some time.
'His family requests that he receive no visitors for the moment, outside of immediate family and members of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.'