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Bolton set for a poignant night at white hart lane

sports Updated: Mar 27, 2012 02:16 IST

One of the more poignant matches of recent times takes place at White Hart Lane on Tuesday when Bolton Wanderers return to Tottenham Hotspur 10 days after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest there in the original FA Cup quarter-final.

Muamba, 23, is still in intensive care in the London Chest Hospital following his collapse on the pitch shortly before halftime in the March 17 tie, which was quickly abandoned as he was rushed to hospital with his life hanging in the balance.

The midfielder's fight for life shocked the football world and although he still has a long way to go before making a full recovery, his manager Owen Coyle said on Monday he was continuing to improve.

Coyle told reporters ahead of Tuesday's rearranged cup game that the player watched highlights of Bolton's 2-1 Premier League win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

"He was able to watch Match of the Day on TV on Sunday morning and if there is any humour in that, I'm told he fell asleep when the score was still 2-0," Coyle said.

Coyle also reckoned Tuesday's match gave Bolton "a chance to thank Tottenham Hotspur and their fans" for their support during what has been an emotional week and a half.

Both Bolton and Spurs fans, realising the seriousness of the situation as Muamba lay motionless on the field while medics tried to resuscitate him, were enormously respectful throughout.

"There was a real sense of unity," Coyle said, while acknowledging it would be tough to return to the North London ground to play the game.