Bolton say stricken Muamba "showing small signs of improvement"
Bolton Wanderers say their stricken midfielder Fabrice Muamba is showing "small signs of improvement", two days after collapsing during his side's FA Cup match with Tottenham Hotspur, dpa reported.
In a statement, Bolton said the 23-year-old former England under-21 international remains in a critical condition, having suffered a cardiac arrest.
"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, where today he is showing small signs of improvement," the statement read.
"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 confirmed on Sunday that Muamba had not been breathing on his own for two hours after the incident.
Manager Owen Coyle has been a regular visitor to Muamba's bedside and said he wished to thank the support that has come from all areas within the game.
"From our end, and on behalf of the family, we certainly want to say thanks to everybody," he said. "Everybody is praying for Fabrice which is very important and that has been a real source of strength to the family."
The club's Premier League match, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed.
Striker Kevin Davies said on Monday football was largely irrelevant while Muamba was fighting for his life.
"Until we get more information about Fabrice's condition, I don't think anything really matters," he said.
"I know they were keen to get the game off tomorrow night, which is a no-brainer.
"From then on, we don't really know as players. It's all about Fabrice and his family really. The football side just doesn't come into our thoughts."