Owen Coyle has revealed that Fabrice Muamba watched the highlights of Bolton’s win over Blackburn on Sunday morning – and fell asleep when the score was 2-0.
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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 recognize people and answer questions," said Coyle.
"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 night’s rearranged FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.
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."
By dozing off, Muamba missed Steven Nzonzi’s goal for Blackburn, although that was not enough to prevent Bolton securing a victory that allowed them to clamber out of the relegation zone.
"Fabrice’s father, Marcel, and fiancee, Shauna, wanted to express their thanks to everyone," said Coyle.
"Football is a passionate game but nothing is more important than Fabrice’s recovery."
Spurs have revealed on their website that the match shirts worn by both teams for the replay will be signed and auctioned with proceeds going to the London Chest Hospital, the London Ambulance Service, the British Heart Foundation, Pan Africa Heart Foundation and C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young).