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Chris Coleman has told friends he is determined to be at Fulham’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The manager was taken into hospital last week and treated with an antibiotics drip after suffering a blood infection.

It has emerged that he also needed surgery to remove a steel pin from his left leg as doctors treated the potentially lethal septicemia.

Coleman is making a good recovery and hopes to be out of hospital on Thursday.

The former Blackburn star shattered his left leg in three places in a car crash three years ago which ended his playing career.

He felt unwell before the FA Cup replay win at West Ham on 24 February and was taken into hospital the following day, where he was also under the care of Mohamed Fayed’s personal doctor.

He has been in touch with assistant manager Steve Kean regularly and was involved in preparations for their 1-1 draw against United in the Premiership last weekend.

Coleman is especially keen on making it to Saturday’s FA Cup tie because one of the highlights of the 34-year-old’s management career was Fulham’s 3-1 Premiership win at Old Trafford last October and he is hopeful of a repeat in the Cup.