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On Wednesday, with Muamba’s condition improving, the squad decided to go ahead with Saturday’s match against Blackburn. Bolton also will return to White Hart Lane on Tuesday to play Tottenham in the FA Cup quarterfinal match that was abandoned after Muamba collapsed just before halftime.

“We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice’s family last night,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle said. “Fabrice’s father Marcel and his fiancee Shauna were keen that we fulfill our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches.”

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