Bolton ready for White Hart Lane return

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has stated that his side would have withdrawn from the FA Cup had Fabrice Muamba’s health not recovered of late.

The midfielder collapsed in the FA Cup clash in north London ten days ago, with a heart attack almost claiming his life.

The Trotters return to take on Tottenham again on Tuesday night, after the first showing was abandoned, and Coyle has stated that Muamba’s health is the most important thing.

“It will be emotional, absolutely,” Coyle admitted in a press conference, documented by Mirror Football.

“The reason the game goes ahead is very simply because Fabrice is improving.

“Some of the lads have seen Fabrice briefly – Kevin Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies and Darren Pratley. When you visit, you only get 30 seconds or a minute. They have all represented the boys and told them how he is.

“Last Saturday night, a lot of people feared the worst. We are going back to where the events took place and there were a lot of young players – and older ones.

“Some people react differently, so there will be a lot of emotion in it. However it is also a night to say thanks to people who helped. It is a great thing for both sides.

“There were the fans – both sets – the Tottenham medical staff, the cardiologist who came out of the stands. It was just incredible.

“You expect all Bolton fans to wish Fabrice well when it happened, but the Tottenham fans did too. It was like a sixth sense with them. They were all willing him to get up.

“Every little bit has helped him as everyone willed him to get better,” the Scot concluded.

By Gareth McKnight