The father of Fabrice Muamba has urged Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle to play their FA Cup tie with Tottenham.

The Mirror says the Scot left Muamba's bedside in the London Chest Hospital with a message from the midfielder's dad Marcel to 'get back out there for Fabrice.'

Coyle and Muamba senior talked through the immediate future as the club wanted to consider the wishes of the family, and was left in no doubt as to what they want.

The Bolton boss will have that thought in mind on Wednesday as he looks at his shaken players close-up and talks to them about what lies ahead.