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Blackburn boss Kean looking forward to 'positive' Bolton clash

According to Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean, Fabrice Muamba's remarkable recovery means the relegation clash between Rovers and Bolton at the Reebok Stadium can be a positive occasion. The 23-year-old remains in intensive care following his cardiac arrest on the pitch last weekend at Tottenham but his recovery has been remarkable.

Kean said: "It's always easier (to concentrate on the game) when the boy's making progress. If it had gone a negative way and we didn't know whether the game was on and then all of a sudden it could have been on at the last minute, it might have been difficult.

"But the fact he's getting stronger, he's communicating, I believe he's even joking and he can recognise everybody, then I think everybody goes into it in a positive mindset. It's great that he's getting there and we need to get on with the game."

Bolton confirmed on Wednesday that the match would go ahead after boss Owen Coyle had a lengthy conversation with Muamba's fiancee and father, and Blackburn were happy to leave the decision entirely with their opponents.

Kean said: "We contacted Bolton and I left a message for their chairman and spoke with Owen.

"Any way at all that we could help Fabrice or their other players, if they didn't think they had enough preparation because of the situation we were happy to postpone the game.

"The way it's gone now, he's made great progress, which we're all delighted about, and the games on. Now we need to get on with business and try to put more points on the board on a very emotional day."

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