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Bolton boss Coyle to respect players still affected by Muamba incident

Bolton manager Owen Coyle insists he will not force any players to play this weekend who are still affected by last weekend's shocking incident involving Fabrice Muamba.

The 23-year old midfielder collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham and Coyle is well aware some of his teammates may still be mentally scarred by what happened.

As the Trotters get set to host Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Coyle says he won't select players who are not quite ready to take the pitch.

"I wouldn't ask anybody to play who felt they couldn't," Coyle told reporters.

"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.

"You don't move on. We have a game to play and we have to go and play it.

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

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