Bolton manager Owen Coyle thanks fans for their support and asks them to keep praying for Fabrice Muamba
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 18, 2012)(ITN) -Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba is still being treated in an intensive care ward on Sunday (March 18) after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie in London on Saturday (March 17).
The midfielder fell to the ground suddenly during his team Bolton Wanderers' match with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
He is being treated at the London Chest Hospital in east London, where he is described as being in a "critical condition" and is anaesthetised; doctors say this is a standard procedure in such cases.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who was in tears after Muamba collapsed, visited the hospital on Sunday.
Bolton Wanderers' manager Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside also visited.
Afterwards Coyle thanked fans for their messages of support and said all the team's thoughts were with Muamba and his family.
"From our end and on behalf of the family we want to say a big thanks to everybody," Coyle said, "we have been inundated with good messages, obviously everybody praying for Fabrice which is very important, and that has been a real source of strength for the family, I have to say that.
"We know that it is such a very difficult time for everybody involved that, again, I have got to respect how good you have been in the media, in the press and everything else but our thoughts are obviously with Fabrice and family which is obviously all important in this. As I said we all certainly hope he will come through this."
The club have postponed their next fixture against Aston Villa which was due to take place on Tuesday (March 20).