Bolton manager Owen Coyle has admitted how helpless he felt as he watched medical staff battle to save Fabrice Muamba's life following the midfielder's cardiac arrest at Tottenham last week.

Coyle earned huge praise for the dignity with which he dealt with such a traumatic situation. Yet the Scot acknowledged his instinct was just to wrap his arms around someone he feels so protective of.

"When I came on the pitch, all I wanted to do was pick Fabrice up and put him back on his feet," said Coyle. "It was difficult to see that happening to someone you know dearly. People deal with it in different ways and I suppose you have an in-built mechanism that kicks in. But, looking back, the first few days were surreal."

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