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'Signs of progress' for Schu

Michael Schumacher is "showing small signs of progress" as he slowly recovers from devastating brain injuries suffered in a skiing accident.

"There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD.

"There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious.

"Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.

"I don't want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field."

Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is "on a very limited basis" and added that "a medical prognosis is not possible" due to the nature of his brain injury.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a skiing accident on December 29 in the French resort of Meribel.

Kehm said Schumacher's family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the Formula One legend, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.

"What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these," said Kehm.

"It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don't want to."