Muamba’s health improves as Bolton picks up form
Bolton Wanderers coach Owen Coyle has hailed the resilience on his team after an emotional fortnight. Coyle praised his players for remaining calm and collected after the unfortunate cardiac arrest of their teammate Fabrice Muamba.
Coyle further stated that his team was entirely focused on defeating the Wolverhampton Wolves this weekend. Bolton players are still recovering from an emotional trauma following the collapse of Muamba during the first half of the FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Coyle and the team have been regular visitors to Muamba at the London Chest Hospital during past two weeks. In a recent interview Coyle informed that Muamba’s health continued to improve.
“He continues to get better, but remaining in intensive care,” Coyle said. “When we went the other day and managed to see him, we could see the continued improvement and that all bodes well. The well-wishes have been really supportive and helped him no end, and I think he has taken great strength from that. That will help in his continued fight to recover.”
Bolton lost 3-1 to Spurs in the rescheduled FA Cup game at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, but Coyle reckons his team is recovering from the Muamba shock. Bolton will be looking for their third consecutive win against the Wolves following victories against QPR and Blackburn.
“The players have always been an honest and conscientious group in the way they have conducted themselves in difficult circumstances,” Coyle said. “I think they’ve been a credit to themselves and to the club. It’s important that we continue in that vein on a football front.
“We had to get back to that after the dramatic events of what happened and they did that and they continue to knuckle down. That doesn’t take away from the fact that we’re all thinking about Fabrice, but we have to give Fabrice and the family that bit of time and space to recover.”
Coyle reckons Bolton’s fighting spirit will save them from relegation this season and next season the club will surely fight for a top place in the league.
“The football club is a very positive football club and it’s always very consistent and balanced,” Coyle said. “That’s always remained the same and on a football front we have to make sure we bring all that positivity and all that energy.
“The positivity that we need to continue in the remaining games in the Barclays Premier League, that’s what’s left now to focus on, after going out of the quarter-final of the FA Cup to Tottenham the other night.”