Coyle pays Tottenham tribute

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has paid tribute to everyone associated with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for being 'truly outstanding' in offering their support for Fabrice Muamba.

As the two sides prepare to play their rescheduled FA Cup quarter-final encounter at White Hart Lane this evening, the Trotters chief has revealed he and his players will use it as an opportunity to thank Spurs for their conduct and their concern.

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch, during the previous tie just 10 days ago, and was rushed to hospital with fears for his life. However, the 23-year-old has made remarkable progress in his recovery, despite remaining in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital.

Coyle also reserved praise for opposite number Harry Redknapp, who has continued to keep in touch and monitor the situation closely.

"It doesn't surprise me because I know the man he is anyway, but I've spoken to Harry two or three times a day since last week," he told Sky Sports.

"That was while I was down there. But even when I came back and we both had games to prepare for, I spoke to him each day. That just sums up the man he is.

"He didn't have to be phoning two or three times a day for an update, but he had genuine concern and goodwill. From Daniel Levy as chairman all the way through the club, Tottenham Hotspur have been truly outstanding."

Despite the obvious distraction that surrounds tonight's game, both managers have spoken of the importance of retaining focus of what is at stake - a place in the FA Cup semi-final, and a trip to Wembley.

"Sometimes you think 'what is normal," Coyle continued. "We are engrossed in this football world. When events like that transpire, you think 'hold on a minute' and get a different perspective.

"Tottenham is going to be another very emotional night. But it gives both teams an opportunity to thank both wonderful sets of fans for their reaction to what happened and the aftermath.

"We all expected the Bolton fans to shout for Fabrice to recover. But the Tottenham fans seemed to get a sixth sense with the exact same response. There was a real sense of unity. Fabrice's family felt the energy and I have no doubt that has played a part in his recovery."

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