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Coyle praying for a 'happy outcome' for Muamba

ESPN staff
March 19, 2012

Bolton manager Owen Coyle thanked the football community for its support as Fabrice Muamba continued to fight for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The 23-year-old remains in a critical condition at London's Chest Hospital where he is in intensive care after collapsing during Bolton's FA Cup tie against Tottenham on Saturday.

"We certainly hope that he comes through," Coyle said. "From our end, and on behalf of the family, we certainly want to say thanks to everybody. Everybody is praying for Fabrice which is very important and that has been a real source of strength to the family.

"We know it's such a difficult time for everybody involved, our thoughts are with Fabrice's family. We certainly hope he comes through this. It's great to be talented at football but it is more important to be a genuinely nice man and Fabrice is that.

"Our concern is Fabrice and Fabrice only and that's what all our energy is going into - hopefully a happy outcome."

Trotters chairman Phil Gartside added: "The support that we had yesterday from Tottenham and our own fans was fantastic - the staff, the fans, the players and the officials at the game - it was unbelievable. We have had so many messages of support from around the world."

Meanwhile, reports on Monday suggest Bolton are considering pulling out of the FA Cup in the wake of the incident of White Hart Lane. The Trotters' scheduled trip to Aston Villa on Tuesday has already been postponed, and reports claim Wanderers could withdraw from the competition rather than face a rematch at White Hart Lane.

One source was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror: "This is a group of young men, just kids really. How could they cope with going through it all again?"

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