The fiancee of Fabrice Muamba has thanked people for their prayers as the player's condition improves in hospital.
The Bolton midfielder is in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest during the Trotters' FA Cup quarter-final at Spurs.
The hospital on Monday confirmed the 23-year-old can now recognise family members and respond to their questions.
Forty-eight hours after he collapsed, it is the clearest indication yet that Muamba is winning his battle for life.
Shauna Magunda, who has a young son with the player, thanked everyone for their support so far.
She tweeted: "All your prayers are working people thank u so so much. Every prayer makes him stronger. To God be the glory."
A joint statement released by the London Chest Hospital and Bolton said: "Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening.
"He is now able to breathe independently, without the aid of a ventilator and he is able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately. These are positive signs of progress.
"However, his condition remains serious and our medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.
"His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time."
Curtis Codrington, who says he is a friend of the player and is one of just 83 people Muamba follows on the social networking site Twitter, said on Monday evening when he was on his way to see Muamba in hospital that the player has spoken.
"Fabrice is speaking and moving," said Codrington. "He has spoken minimal words in French and English."