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Bolton boss Coyle has ‘brief conversation’ with Muamba

The Trotters manager revealed that the 23-year-old is showing "encouraging signs" of improvement in hospital, but has stressed that his recovery is still in its early stages

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has shared a “brief conversation” in hospital with Fabrice Muamba, it has emerged.

Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during his side’s FA Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The 23-year-old has shown increasing signs of improvement in the last 24 hours, as he was reportedly able to move his arms and legs and respond to basic questions in English and French.

His manager has now revealed that he was able to speak with his player for a short while, but has stressed that there is still a long way to go in the former Arsenal youngster’s recovery.

"It's very early in the process, the doctors have stressed that so we all know what's involved," Coyle told reporters outside the hospital. "Fabrice still has a long way to go but it's encouraging signs and whilst that is the case it's really positive and we move forward from that point.

"I was fortunate to see him and had a brief conversation which will obviously remain between us. We have to understand it's early in his continued fight for improvement."

Bolton’s Premier league clash with Aston Villa on Tuesday night was postponed in the wake of the incident, but Saturday's game against Blackburn is reported by Sky Sports to be set to go ahead, with a final decision said to be anticipated on Wednesday.

Rovers boss Steve Kean has already offered to put off the fixture should Coyle’s side request as much.

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