Seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher is showing signs of 'consciousness and awakening', his manager has revealed. 

In the most heartening announcement since the F1 legend was admitted to Grenoble Hospital following his skiing accident three months ago, and manager Sabine Kehm has rejected claims the former World Champion has gone into a permanent comatose state by revealing 'Michael is making progress'. 

Schumacher has been kept in an artificial coma since suffering the injury while skiing in the French Alps ski resort of Meribel on December 29 last year. However, it is not yet known whether his condition has improved sufficiently for the  45-year-old to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. 

The statement read: "We are on his side during his long and difficult fight, together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident.

"We would like to thank you all for the continuous sympathies. At the same time we again ask for understanding that we do not intend to disclose details. This is necessary to protect the privacy of Michael and his family, and to enable the medical team to work in full calmness."

It was announced at the end of January that the 'waking up progress' had begun in Schumacher's treatment, but a lack of updates since has prompted growing fears about his condition. 

But Schumacher's family have repeatedly asked fans to pay no attention to non-official reports, with Kehm's latest update also emphasising that the family has no intention of moving the German from his current location in Grenoble. 

That dismisses recent reports that have suggested Michael's wife, Corinna, planned to build a specially-constructed medical unit at the family home in Lake Geneva in Switzerland. 

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