BOLTON midfielder Fabrice Muamba has recovered sufficiently to eat and get out of bed for the first time since his on-field cardiac arrest.
The 23-year-old, who remains in intensive care in a London hospital, has also been well enough to watch his team-mates on Match of the Day, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.
Muamba’s improvement comes as Bolton return to the scene of his collapse at Tottenham this evening to replay the abandoned FA Cup quarter-final of 10 days ago.
Doctors said last week he was “in effect, dead” for 80 minutes after his heart stopped beating and failed to respond to 15 rounds of electric shock treatment. Coyle said: “The progress Fabrice has made in the space of nine days has been truly remarkable.”
Tottenham plan to auction signed shirts from tonight’s match on eBay to raise money for the London Chest Hospital, where Muamba is being treated, the London Ambulance Service and heart health charities.
Tonight’s winners will meet Chelsea at Wembley in the semi-finals and Spurs winger Gareth Bale insists their slump is over. “We’ve stopped the rot now,” he said. “We’ve had our blip and now we can look forward to some positive results.”