Coyle admits focus will be tough for Bolton

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has admitted that his side will find it hard to focus on their clash with Blackburn on Saturday with Fabrice Muamba still in the hospital.

The former England under-21 international collapsed against Tottenham last weekend, with his life put at risk by an unexpected cardiac arrest.

Despite the midfielder’s health looking up, the Scottish coach feels his players will still have what happened at the back of their minds.

“You don’t move on. We have a game to play and we have to go and play it,” he stated in a press conference, captured by Sky Sports.

“Will it be difficult? Absolutely. Our thoughts are still with Fabrice Muamba.

“I wouldn’t ask anybody to play who felt they couldn’t. So far, no-one has told me they don’t want to be involved.

“There comes a point that we have to play our games and move forward.

“Monday was a big day. The hospital had cooled him down to try help him and on Monday morning at 8am, they started to warm him back up again.

“That is when Fabrice had to kick in and do things of his own accord to have any chance. He did because we know the fighter he is and how strong he is.

“The way he came through that was incredible. Monday was an unbelievable day.

“We are all astonished with how far he has come. But we have to stress he is still in intensive care and he is still seriously ill. He has a long way to go.

“But what has happened is encouraging and we have to keep that in our thoughts,” the trainer concluded.

Bolton need the points, as they are currently in the bottom three.

By Gareth McKnight