Manager: 'Michael Schumacher shows moments of consciousness and awakening'

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher in the garage before the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 9, 2003
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Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm says that the Formula 1 legend is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening" in hospital.

The manager of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher has revealed that the stricken sportsman is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening" following his skiing accident last year.

The 45-year-old has been in a medically-induced coma in the University Hospital in Grenoble since he hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste in the French Alps on December 29.

Despite fears that the German could remain in a vegetative state following the accident, it has been confirmed that the former Ferrari driver is "making progress".

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement: "Michael is making progress on his way. He shows moments of consciousness and awakening. We are on his side during his long and difficult fight - together with the team of the hospital in Grenoble, and we keep remaining confident."

Schumacher has undergone two operations on his brain since being admitted to hospital.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher in the garage before the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 9, 2003
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