The hospital treating Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has confirmed the player can now recognise family members and respond to their questions.

Forty-eight hours after he collapsed during an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where he suffered a cardiac arrest, it is the clearest indication yet that Muamba is winning his battle for life.

"Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and is continuing to show signs of improvement," said the joint statement released by the London Chest Hospital and Bolton.

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