Michael Schumacher's recovery is still a long way from being complete, one year after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

That is the latest news from the seven-time F1 world champion's manager on the first anniversary of the incident in Meribel that left Schumacher in an induced coma - and fans fearing for his life.

Although the German emerged from the six months ago, and left hospital to return home in September, manager Sabine Kehm played down reports in a French newspaper that suggested he was making good progress.

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"We need a long time - it's going to be a long time and a hard fight," Kehm told Reuters, "He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation."

Kehm's update basically repeats an official statement issued a couple of months ago, and counters claims by former F1 pilot Philippe Streiff, who suggested on Sunday that Schumacher was beginning to 'recognise those around him' and 'working on sitting upright'. While the Frenchman - who was left paralysed by an F1 testing accident in 1989 - conceded that progress was slow, with Schumacher having 'only limited movement', Kehm dismissed his assertion, suggesting that Streiff was not as close to the family as he made out, despite suggestions that he had spoken to both the German's wife, Corinne, and surgeon Gerard Saillant.

"I cannot confirm that [Le Parisien report]," Kehm said, "I can only confirm that I do not know where Mr Streiff has his information from because he has no contact with us and he never has."

While Schumacher was never far from the thoughts of the F1 fraternity during the 2014 season, his plight was brought into sharp relief when Jules Bianchi suffered similarly-serious head injuries in an accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.

As 2015 approaches, the best wishes of Crash.net remain with both men.