Muamba has comfortable night
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba contiunes to be a serious condition at the London Chest Hospital but had a "comfortable night".
Bolton boss Owen Coyle addresses the media
Muamba collapsed on the pitch at Tottenham on Saturday and it took two hours to get his heart beating on its own. Monday was a positive day for the player as he began to move his arms and legs and speak to visitors.
A statement issued by the football club on its official website read: "Fabrice Muamba has had a comfortable night in the intensive care unit at The London Chest Hospital, where the medical team is continuing to monitor his progress.
"Fabrice's family has asked us to thank everyone again for their thoughts and prayers and for the continued messages of support, from which they draw great strength.
"To ensure the smooth running of the hospital for all patients - as well as Fabrice's need to concentrate on his recovery - they would request that he receive no more visitors for the moment, outside of immediate family and members of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
"They would also like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy."
Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes it is still too early to focus on his side's relegation battle despite the encouraging progress being made by Fabrice Muamba.
Coyle revealed he had enjoyed a "brief conversation'' with the midfielder on Tuesday. But he was keen to stress the 23-year-old has a long way to go in his recovery and that Bolton's scheduled game with Blackburn on Saturday remains on the back burner.
"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.''
Coyle hailed the "remarkable work'' being done by hospital staff and conceded he could "never have envisaged'' Muamba making such improvement in such a short period of time.
But when asked if that meant he could now think of focusing on Saturday's game at the Reebok Stadium, Coyle added: "The answer to that is no, because that's not something of great importance to me at this moment in time.
"In the course of today, as we hope and pray that Fabrice continues to improve, that's something we will have to look at. My thoughts are that we will have the group back in training tomorrow and we will look at it from then. The one concern we all have is for Fabrice only.''
Asked if he was confident Muamba would make a full recovery, Coyle added: "That's something they (the doctors) have said has happened before.
"Every case is on it's own merits, but we've said consistently the two things Fabrice has which can help him further is that he's such a fit young man and the life he's had he has had to fight and earn every step of the way.
"Those two things I am sure will stand him in good stead.''