Fabrice Muamba improving, said to be speaking

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Bolton says player Fabrice Muamba is able to recognize his family and respond to questions two days after collapsing during a match from cardiac arrest.

The Premier League club said Monday in a statement that the 23-year-old midfielder remained in intensive care but was "now able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator."

The statement adds that he "has also been able to recognize family members and respond to questions appropriately."

Muamba's friend, Curtis Codrington, says the family told him the player was speaking "minimal words in English and French, which is better than nothing."