Muamba family make request

Fabrice Muamba

Fabrice Muamba

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Fabrice Muamba's family have asked for visitors to stop heading to the London Chest Hospital to allow the Bolton midfielder to concentrate on his recovery.

So overwhelming has been the response to Muamba's condition after he suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's FA Cup tie at Tottenham on Saturday, that it has been felt necessary to try and bring a sense of calm to the situation. It means only members of Muamba's family and Bolton Wanderers will be allowed to visit for the time being.

"To ensure the smooth running of the hospital for all patients - as well as Fabrice's need to concentrate on his recovery - they would request that he receive no more visitors for the moment, outside of immediate family and members of Bolton Wanderers Football Club," said a joint statement released by his club and Barts and the London NHS Trust.

It was also confirmed Muamba had a comfortable night but remains in intensive care, where his progress is being monitored.

"Fabrice Muamba has had a comfortable night in the intensive care unit at The London Chest Hospital, where the medical team is continuing to monitor his progress," read the statement.

"Fabrice's family has asked us to thank everyone again for their thoughts and prayers and for the continued messages of support, from which they draw great strength.

"They would also like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle was once again a visitor on Tuesday morning, with doubt continuing to linger over Saturday's scheduled Premier League encounter with Blackburn at the Reebok Stadium.

Tuesday night's trip to Aston Villa was already postponed, as was a reserve team game due to be played on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has stressed any member of his squad "not in the right frame of mind to play" in the wake of Muamba's cardiac arrest will be allowed to sit out Wednesday's clash with Stoke.

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