Friends of Fabrice Muamba say the Bolton Wanderers midfielder is now communicating.
Players who visited Muamba on Tuesday - including team-mates Kevin Davies, Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies, and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor - were said to be amazed at the progress that he has made.
Adebayor said: "He's much better, he can talk, that's the most important thing for me. We almost lost him, today he's with us again. Glory be to God. We just have to see how he reacts when he gets back on his feet."
One source told the Daily Mail: "The players feel the progress Fabrice has made is nothing short of a miracle. After what happened on Saturday, seeing Muamba speak and move was not what they were expecting at all. The players were low after Saturday but those who have visited him feel a lot more upbeat."