• Premier League

Muamba responding to family members

ESPN staff
March 19, 2012

Bolton have confirmed reports that Fabrice Muamba is able to "recognise family members and respond to questions".

The midfielder remains in a critical condition at The London Chest Hospital, having been admitted after suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final between Tottenham and Bolton at White Hart Lane.

It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that he was moving his arms and legs and that his heart was beating without the aid of medication. Later in the day a friend of Muamba's, Curtis Codrington, revealed the 23-year-old was talking.

"Fabrice is speaking and moving," Codrington said. "He has spoken minimal words in French and English."

And although his condition remains serious, Bolton have confirmed he is able to converse with friends and family.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital," read a statement from Bolton. "He is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening.

"He is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately.

"These are all 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."

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