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Coyle faith in Fabrice to win fight for his life

BOLTON manager Owen Coyle has led the expressions of hope that stricken midfielder Fabrice Muamba wins his fight for life.

Muamba remained in a critical condition in intensive care overnight after he suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham on Saturday evening.

Medical staff took two hours to get Muamba breathing again and he is now being closely monitored in the Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital.

Coyle, who accompanied Muamba to hospital, offered his personal thanks for the messages of support that continue to be received, both at the hospital and Bolton's Reebok Stadium.

"From our end, and on behalf of the family, we want to say a big thanks to everyone," said Coyle.


"We have been inundated by good messages, everyone praying for Fabrice, which is very important.

"It has been a real source of strength for the family.

"We know how difficult a time it is for everyone.

"I can't really quantify it (the support). It has been incredible, not just from the football world, from everyone.

"It is great to be talented at football but it's more important to be a genuinely nice man and everyone recognises Fabrice is that. That has pulled everyone together.

"We certainly hope he comes through this. If he pulls through it would be marvellous, it really would."

The Premier League have quickly agreed to Bolton's request for Tuesday's planned encounter with Aston Villa at Villa Park to be postponed.

No new date has been confirmed and it is still not clear when the game will be played.