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store http://comefare.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/upgrade.php Helvetica, click sans-serif; text-align: left; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”>Forty-eight hours after he collapsed during an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where he suffered a cardiac arrest, it is the clearest indication yet that Muamba is winning his battle for life.

‘Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening,” said the joint statement released by the London Chest Hospital and Bolton.

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Visit: Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole went to see Fabrice Muamba on Monday afternoon

Visit: Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole went to see Fabrice Muamba on Monday afternoon

Old pal: Johan Djourou arrives at the London Chest Hospital to visit his former Arsenal team-mate

Old pal: Johan Djourou arrives at the London Chest Hospital to visit his former Arsenal team-mate

‘He is now able to breathe independently, without the aid of a ventilator and he is able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately. These are positive signs of progress.

‘However, his condition remains serious and our medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him. His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time.’

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor were among the players who arrived at the hospital in Bethnal Green to visit Muamba.

Essien, when asked whether Muamba had been speaking in French or English, told reporters that he had spoken in both languages.

The confirmation follows claims from Curtis Codrington, who says he is a friend of Muamba and is one of only 83 people followed by the player on social networking site Twitter, that he had started speaking in French and English.

After speaking to Muamba’s family on Monday, Codrington revealed that his friend has spoken ‘minimal words in English and French, which is better than nothing.’

He later Tweeted: ‘I’m so happy I have seen hugged and kiss Muamba he remember me and spoke of our jokes of fellow Congo player chris samba this is so great’ [sic].

Muamba’s fiancee Shauna then wrote on Twitter: ‘All your prayers are working people thank u so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger. To God be the glory.’

Bolton manager Owen Coyle left the London Chest Hospital, where he has been a visitor every day since Muamba’s collapse, without commenting on Codrington’s claims.

Support: A simple message for Muamba attached to flowers at the Reebok today

Support: A simple message for Muamba attached to flowers at the Reebok today

Update: Bolton boss Owen Coyle spoke off Fabrice Muamba continuing his 'brave fight' to save his life at the London Chest Hospital

Update: Bolton boss Owen Coyle spoke off Fabrice Muamba continuing his ‘brave fight’ to save his life at the London Chest Hospital

Earlier, there was more good news over the health of Muamba, who is ‘showing small signs of improvement’.

Medics reported that Muamba’s heart is now beating without the aid of medication and he is showing movement in his arms and legs, offering the world of football enormous hope for the player’s recovery.

However, it could take days before Muamba’s long-term prognosis is identified and he continues to be closely monitored and treated.

A joint statement, from the club and The Barts and London NHS Trust released on Monday, read: ‘Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement.

‘His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs.

‘However, his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time. He is still critically ill and will continue to be closely monitored and treated by staff in The London Chest Hospital’s intensive care unit.’

Bolton boss Owen Coyle earlier described the ‘brave fight’ that the 23-year-old is putting up after his heart attack.

Caring: Kevin Davies revealed the players are only concerned about the welfare of Muamba

Caring: Kevin Davies revealed the players are only concerned about the welfare of Muamba

The player has received support throughout the football community since his cardiac arrest on the pitch at Tottenham on Saturday night.

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou paid a second visit to his friend on Monday and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole also offered a vigil at his bedside, arriving alongside QPR midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips. Cole played with Muamba at Arsenal and Wright-Phillips represented England Under 21s alongside the Bolton star.

Former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba – from Muamba’s native Congo – revealed he plans to hire a private jet and visit Muamba at the weekend with Anzhi team-mates Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto’o.

Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside were back at the London Chest Hospital on Monday as the player’s fiancee called on fans to pray for the star.

Coyle said Muamba’s family had been inundated with messages of support following his collapse.

‘The message is the good will, the prayers from everybody, they are so thankful and they want to put that on record – to say “keep up the prayers, thanks for all the support”‘ he said.

Fans' favourite: A small picture of Muamba is attached to flowers by tribute shirts

Fans’ favourite: A small picture of Muamba is attached to flowers by tribute shirts

‘They have been inundated as we all have, both in the football community globally and family and friends. People are taking a genuine interest and a real concern with how Fabrice is doing.’

Coyle was speaking outside the London Chest Hospital where the 23-year-old player is in a stable but critical condition.

‘We all know he’s such a wonderful lad, he’s a young man and we all hope that will help in this brave fight which he is undergoing at the moment,’ Coyle continued.

‘It’s a difficult situation but the family are bearing up as well as they can. They themselves are very positive people.

‘You look at what Fabrice has been through in life already and you can tell that he is a fighter. He has such a fantastic smile and that’s what we all want to see again.

Well wishes: Muamba's collapse has seen messages flood into Bolton's home

Well wishes: Muamba’s collapse has seen messages flood into Bolton’s home

No time for rivalry: Shirts from a number of different clubs were laid outside the ground

No time for rivalry: Shirts from a number of different clubs were laid outside the ground

‘When situations like this occur, there is a real strength, a real unity and a real togetherness. As a family they are showing that and again that has been boosted by everybody else’s support.’

Coyle spoke shortly after Bolton skipper Kevin Davies also described Muamba as a ‘fighter’.

Davies spoke this morning as the world of football comes together to support the player and his family as he battles for his life. The midfielder remains on a life support machine.

Davies said: ‘Fabrice is fighting and we are all hoping he will pull through. I spoke to the manager and the doctor this morning and his condition remains criticial. I have been speaking to the manager and I have travelled back with the chairman. He went back down to support Fabrice and his family.

‘It was optional to come into training today and decisions will have to be made but my immediate thoughts are with Fabrice and his family. The club will take a stance on (the next game) in the next couple of days. But at the minute we want to just try and help Fabrice.’

Visit: Bolton manager Owen Coyle was back with Muamba at hospital this morning

Visit: Bolton manager Owen Coyle was back with Muamba at hospital this morning

Support: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) arrives with club doctor Jonathan Tobin

Support: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) arrives with club doctor Jonathan Tobin

Couple: Fabrice with partner Shauna

Couple: Fabrice with partner Shauna

Davies was on the pitch when Muamba collapsed in the FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane and added: ‘It became very serious within just a few seconds. We all knew there was something seriously wrong. You feel powerless – he’s a colleague, a friend, a father and a son.’

Davies went to hospital with Muamba on Saturday night and marvelled at the work of medical staff.

‘The amount of people who were turning up, running around trying to get Fabrice sorted out was amazing,’ he said. ‘There is no doubt in my mind if it wasn’t down to all those people, we wouldn’t even be in this situation. We are all thankful to them that they have given Fabrice a bit of hope.’

Davies has also been touched by the overwhelming support for Muamba from across the footballing world. Fans of both sides applauded the 23-year-old off the pitch on Saturday and supporters at other matches since have offered their own backing with a minute’s applause.

Numerous scarves and other tributes from competing clubs have been left at the Reebok Stadium.
Davies is thankful for all of these. But there is a part of him that feels quite saddened.

‘It is the first time in my nearly 19 years in the game that I have seen a stadium unite,’ he said.
‘It was touching but I was laying in bed thinking how sad it was as well.

‘As professionals, we put a lot of hours in. We work hard and make a lot of sacrifices. But it seems that that the only way you are going to get a ripple of applause away from your own ground is to get carried off on a stretcher.

‘That is a sad state of affairs. Fans are quick to get off their seats if there is a mis-timed tackle. Maybe people have to ask why Fabrice Muamba runs 80 yards to put a last-ditch tackle in.

‘It is not because he has anything against your team. It is because he is working hard for his own. If there is anything positive to come out of this, when you see supporters from all over, it would be nice if the fans could unite.’

Tribute: Some of Real Madrid's players wore shirts in support of Muamba on Sunday night

Tribute: Some of Real Madrid’s players wore shirts in support of Muamba on Sunday night

On Monday morning, a joint statement from Bolton, Barts and The NHS Trust read: ‘Fabrice Muamba’s heart condition is stable, but he remains critically ill in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital. The family is grateful to the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time.’

The football world has united in support for Muamba – and his 27-year-old partner Shauna, who runs a successful Caribbean food catering business and got engaged to the footballer on Valentine’s Day, took to Twitter to write: ‘2 everyone out there thank u so much for all the love and support collectively as a family we appreciate it all. Plz continue 2 pray 4 fab x.

Fabrice WILL!! Pull through because God is good. Love u so much @fmuamba keep strong we’re praying for u honey xx.

‘Please keep praying for @fmuamba its really helping I can feel it xx. God is in control. Please keep @fmuamba in ur prayers xx.’

Saturday’s match against Tottenham was quickly abandoned after the horrific moment when Muamba fell to the turf with no-one close to him.

Bolton may now withdraw from the FA Cup to avoid a harrowing return to Tottenham in a rescheduled match.

If the rescheduled game is axed, Tottenham would go into a semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. Bolton would not be penalised if they decide to withdraw.

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

A source close to Bolton told the Daily Mirror: ‘This is a group of young men, just kids really. How could they cope with going back to Spurs and going through it all again?’

Bolton’s next match is the relegation six-pointer against Lancashire rivals Blackburn this Saturday, although it may also be under threat.

Gary Cahill, his former teammate, wore a message on his T-shirt that said: ‘Pray 4 Muamba’ as he scored for Chelsea in the FA Cup win over Leicester on Sunday.

He was joined by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who wrote on Twitter: ‘I want to dedicate (the goal) to Muamba. Keep fighting buddy, don’t give up.’

Manchester United’s players led a round of applause for the stricken player before their 5-0 win at Wolves, while Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and his mother visited Muamba and his family in hospital.

As the 23-year-old spent a second night on life support, Bolton plan for all their players to have further heart screenings and ECGs on Monday.

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea's support for Muamba

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea’s support for Muamba

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

FADIGA ALSO SUFFERED BOLTON HEART COLLAPSE AGAINST SPURS

Fabrice Muamba was not the first Bolton player to collapse on the pitch. Khalilou Fadiga was struck down before Bolton’s Carling Cup tie against Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium in 2004.

The Sengalese player had to be fitted with a pacemaker following his ordeal but managed to make a return to the game in 2005, playing five more games for the club before joining Coventry.

It was already known by Bolton that Fadiga had a heart defect when they signed him from Inter Milan in 2004 after the condition restricted him from playing for the Italian giants.

But the 37-year-old managed to keep on playing until last year when in retired at Belgium third division outfit KSV Temse.

Muamba had heart tests along with his team-mates at the start of the season, but they did not flag up any problems for the athletic midfielder.

Bolton’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Aston Villa on Tuesday has been postponed and Spurs could yet cancel their clash against Stoke on Wednesday night.

Tottenham will have trained counsellors at their Spurs Lodge training ground on Tuesday to help players affected.

Their goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, pulled out of appearing on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night.

After scoring and revealing his personal message to Muamba, Cahill – who played with the midfielder at Bolton – said: ‘The game was a bit of a blur for me after having seen what happened yesterday.

‘I just hope he is OK. My mind was in a different place today.’

A round of applause echoed around Stamford Bridge ahead of Sunday’s game, while Liverpool offered their thoughts and prayers for Muamba during the pre-match handshake.

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club's FA Cup tie against Stoke

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club’s FA Cup tie against Stoke

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club's Reebok Stadium home

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club’s Reebok Stadium home

Supporters at the matches at Wolves, Newcastle and Cardiff also paid tribute to the ex-England Under 21 midfielder.

And in Spain, Real Madrid players wore T-shirts before their game against Malaga with messages of support for Muamba.

Tottenham striker Defoe – who was visibly traumatised by the incident – visited Muamba yon Sunday and a number of his Bolton team-mates also wish to return to London to be close to their friend and colleague.

It was claimed on Sunday night that the supporter who jumped on to the pitch just moments after Muamba collapsed was a heart specialist who advised the medical staff to take the player to the London Chest Hospital rather than the closer North Middlesex Hospital.

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba


Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC (below), in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC, in east London where Muamba remains under care

And it is understood the fan’s intervention played a key role in ensuring Muamba had the best possible chance of surviving the ordeal. Referee Howard Webb abandoned the match as medics tried to revive the player, whose heart stopped beating by itself for two hours.

A Bolton statement read on Sunday: ‘Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital.

‘Fabrice was admitted to the hospital on Saturday evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he sustained a cardiac arrest.

‘Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to the London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working.

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

‘As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours.’

Manager Owen Coyle added: ‘Fabrice’s family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad.’

Saturday’s events bear a chilling similarity to former Manchester City midfielder Marc Vivien Foe’s death in 2003, when he collapsed while playing for Cameroon against Colombia.

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

It brought back painful memories for ESPN pundit Kevin Keegan, who was Foe’s City manager at the time of his death. ‘Although every case is different, there were horrible similarities with what happened to Marc,’ he said.

‘There was no way the game could continue here – you could see, from the distress of players on both sides, that you can’t play football after something so traumatic.’

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe – a close friend of Muamba’s – a show of support

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham’s Luka Modric looks on

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