Premiership Stars Visit Muamba In Hospital

Premiership stars have visited collapsed Bolton player Fabrice Muamba in hospital as he continues to fight for his life.

Chelsea's Ashley Cole, QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips and Arsenal's Johan Djourou arrived together this afternoon.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside were also at the London Chest Hospital today as Muamba showed slight signs of improvement.

The 23-year-old remains in a critical condition after collapsing during a match on Saturday with a cardiac arrest.

Fans have been leaving flowers, Muamba shirts and scarves at Bolton's Reebok stadium, while there have been public displays of support in grounds across Europe.

Former Bolton defender Gary Cahill celebrated scoring his first Chelsea goal in an FA Cup match against Leicester by unveiling a Pray 4 Muamba T-shirt.

In the Spanish capital, Real Madrid players donned Get Well Soon Muamba tops before kickoff against Malaga.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Twitter: "Shocked to hear about Fabrice Muamba.

"My thoughts are with him and his family, his club and loved ones at this difficult time."

As Muamba's teammates try to deal with the shock, their game against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday has been postponed.

"I have worked with Fabrice as a player at Birmingham and he has always been a terrific lad, nothing other than the perfect professional," Villa manager Alex McLeish said.

"He trained every day the way he went to play in games, full of intensity and enthusiasm. He is a manager's dream in terms of his commitment to the team...

"The massive response throughout Europe and the world of football underlines how everybody has been touched by this tragic development."

Speaking after visiting Muamba in hospital, Coyle said: "Everybody is praying for Fabrice, which is very important, and that has been a real source of strength to the family."

Mr Gartside urged fans around the world "to keep Fabrice in their prayers".

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