Muamba's 'encouraging progress'

Muamba's 'encouraging progress'

Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba is making ‘encouraging progress’ in his recovery from a cardiac arrest, doctors said on Monday.

The 23-year-old remains in intensive care in the London Chest Hospital, where his condition is described as ‘serious but stable’, after collapsing during an FA Cup quarterfinal against Tottenham Hotspur on March 17.

A joint statement issued by the hospital and Bolton said: “Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, where his condition is serious but stable.

“He continues to make encouraging progress. 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 for some time.

“His family requests that he receive no more visitors for the moment, outside of immediate family and members of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.”

Earlier, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said the former England Under-21 midfielder had watched highlights of Wanderers’ 2-1 Premier League win at home to local rivals Blackburn Rovers on Saturday -- the club’s first match since Muamba’s collapse and one preceded with tributes to the stricken player.”