05/04/2012 09:05 BST | Updated 05/06/2012 06:12 BST

Fabrice Muamba Walking In Hospital, Bolton Manager Owen Coyle Reveals

Fabrice Muamba has walked for the first time since he suffered a cardiac arrest three weeks ago.

"He's taking steps, talking and has that big smile we love to see. He is progressing the right way," said Owen Coyle, the midfielder's manager at Bolton.

"He has done some short periods of walking down the corridor he is in as part of the unit, staying in intensive care," the Scot added.

Twenty-three-year-old Muamba was pictured sat up and smiling in his hospital bed last week, less than a fortnight after he collapsed during an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane.

The former England Under-21 international was effectively "dead" for 78 minutes when his heart stopped working independently.

Muamba collapsed in the 41st minute of his club's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham on 17 March, with the score at 1-1.

The match was duly abandoned by Howard Webb and replayed 10 days later, which Spurs won 3-1.