Friend says Muamba speaking again in hospital

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- A friend of Fabrice Muamba has told The Associated Press that the Bolton midfielder has started speaking again, two days after his cardiac arrest during a match.

Curtis Codrington has been visiting Muamba in intensive care since the player collapsed during Saturday's match at Tottenham.

After speaking to Muamba's family on Monday, Codrington told the AP that his friend has spoken "minimal words in English and French, which is better than nothing."

Earlier, the hospital said that Muamba has begun to show "small signs of improvement" as his heart started beating without the help of medication on Monday.

But while also announcing that Muamba's arms and legs were moving, a statement stressed that he remained in critical condition.