Bolton confirm Blackburn game

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Bolton have confirmed they will take on Blackburn at the Reebok Stadium as scheduled on Saturday.

The fixture had been in doubt following the cardiac arrest Fabrice Muamba suffered at Tottenham last week.

Muamba has been in hospital afer collapsing in the first half of Bolton's F.A Cup quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane.

However, the club have now stated the fixture will go ahead as planned, with a 3pm kick-off, and have also said they will remain in the FA Cup, with a date for their rearranged tie with Tottenham due to be confirmed by the Football Association.

The family of Muamba, a former Arsenal trainee, insisted that the club go ahead with their forthcoming fixtures after cancelling their game against Aston Villa, scheduled to be played yesterday.

A statement on Bolton's website read: "Bolton Wanderers can confirm that the home Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers will go ahead as scheduled, kicking-off at 3pm on Saturday 24 March.

"The FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur will also take place, with a date and kick-off time to be confirmed with the Football Association."

With Muamba showing signs of dramatic improvement having stopped breathing for six minutes following his collapse, Trotters boss Owen Coyle revealed the input of Muamba's family helped the club decide whether to go ahead with the upcoming games.

"We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice's family last night," he said.

"Fabrice's father, Marcel, and his fiancee, Shauna, were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches."


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