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Schu 'still in wake-up phase'

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher are maintaining their efforts to bring the German out of his medically-induced coma, the F1 legend's management have confirmed.

The 45-year-old seven-times World Champion has been in an artificial coma at Grenoble Hospital for over two months since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29.

Schumacher's management confirmed on January 30 that doctors had begun the process of gradually lowering his sedation level in order to start the 'waking up' process, although stressed that they were aware the procedure could take "a long time".

Following speculation in the German media that the former Ferrari and Mercedes driver had subsequently contracted pneumonia, the family issued a statement on February 13 assuring that Schumacher's condition remained unchanged and that "the family continues to strongly believe in Michael's recovery".

The subsequent lack of an official update over the last three weeks was punctured by further speculation over Schumacher's condition, including reports that the hospital had suspended the waking up process.

However, on Friday Schumacher's management stressed that nothing had changed since their previous update.

"Michael is still in the wake up phase," Schumacher's management said.

"The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid."