Mid-Day Ticker: Coyle says Muamba may play again, Cole targets Lille stay & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Coyle says Muamba may play again, Cole targets Lille stay & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Coyle says Muamba may play again, Cole targets Lille stay & more


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For 78 minutes, it seemed as if Fabrice Muamba could very well lose his life. Now, it's conceivable the Bolton midfielder could return to play once more.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said Muamba, who was released from the hospital Monday after suffering a heart attack a month ago during an FA Cup match at Tottenham, could very well play again for the club — possibly as soon as next season.

"Knowing Fabrice and how much of a battler he is, it wouldn't surprise me if he comes back," Coyle said. "But I've got to stress he still needs that time with his family unit. … That would be Fabrice and his family's decision. He'll not come under any pressure from us. Once he feels he's up to it, then all good and well. If it's next season, great."

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Enjoying a career revival with Lille while on loan from Liverpool, England midfielder Joe Cole said he is hoping for a permanent transfer that would allow him to represent the French side in Champions League play next season. Liverpool, by contrast, will be participating in the Europa League.

"I would like to stay but it's not in my hands," Cole said. "I haven't spoken to anyone at Liverpool. I'm waiting to hear from them."


FIFA has announced plans to build a $196 million underground museum near the organization's headquarters in Zurich that would include ''3D animations, interactive games [and] trophies,'' according to FIFA's website.

''It is high time that world football had a meeting place for its millions of fans," president Sepp Blatter said in a statement.


Former Cameroon forward Roger Milla has set up a committee that will attempt to eliminate the nation's current federation amid worries that the national team, which missed out on this year's African Nations Cup, may also fail to qualify for the next edition of the tournament.

"Nobody seems worried as we move from failure to failure," Milla said. "This must end and things must move forward."


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