Muamba family make request

20 March 2012 12:16

Fabrice Muamba's family have asked for visitors to stop heading to the London Chest Hospital to allow the Bolton midfielder to concentrate on his recovery.

So overwhelming has been the response to Muamba's condition after he suffered a cardiac arrest during his side's FA Cup tie at Tottenham on Saturday, that it has been felt necessary to try and bring a sense of calm to the situation. It means only members of Muamba's family and Bolton Wanderers will be allowed to visit for the time being.

"To ensure the smooth running of the hospital for all patients - as well as Fabrice's need to concentrate on his recovery - they would request that he receive no more visitors for the moment, outside of immediate family and members of Bolton Wanderers Football Club," said a joint statement released by his club and Barts and the London NHS Trust.

It was also confirmed Muamba had a comfortable night but remains in intensive care, where his progress is being monitored.

"Fabrice Muamba has had a comfortable night in the intensive care unit at The London Chest Hospital, where the medical team is continuing to monitor his progress," read the statement.

"Fabrice's family has asked us to thank everyone again for their thoughts and prayers and for the continued messages of support, from which they draw great strength.

"They would also like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy."

Source: PA