Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has distanced herself from reports in the European media quoting her as giving a more optimistic line on the former F1 world champion's condition.

Felix Gorner, a reporter for German television station RTL, had earlier revealed that "Sabine Kehm has just told me on the phone that, for the first time, Michael Schumacher is no longer in imminent danger of death."

"The danger to his life is no longer immediate," Kehm was also quoted as saying by Sky Deutschland television, adding that while Schumacher's condition was still critical "it has stabilised over the weekend."

Spain's El Mundo quoted Kehm as saying that "This is a certain relief," adding that "For the family, the situation is calmer," and that "This is the start of a long, long period, but thankfully less difficult now."

Additionally, one of the medical team treating Schumacher Jean-Francois Payen at Grenoble University Hospital was quoted by Italian media as saying that "While we emphasise that the danger has not yet passed, it is certainly no longer acute."

However, Kehm later distanced herself from these more upbeat reports. She herself had attacked speculation and unofficial progress reports in the media over the weekend, cautioning the press to wait for official updates from the hospital and pointing out that inaccurate stories in the press were causing anxiety for the Schumacher family.

"I cannot confirm any expressions that he is no longer in danger," she said later on Monday. "I refer you to the statement that was issued by the doctors."

The statement released by the hospital on Monday had been more neutral in its most recent assessment of the seven-time world champion's condition.

"The clinical state of Mr Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him," the hospital had said. "However, the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael's condition as critical.

"The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences anymore for the time being."

The update had also cautioned the media to "stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or given by his management, as this is the only valid information."

Schumacher sustained a serious head injury nine days ago while on a skiing holiday with his family over Christmas and has been in an induced coma after undergoing two operations.

This weekend, German chancellor Angela Merkel was also injured in a skiing accident, fracturing her pelvis after falling while holidaying at the resort of St Moritz in Switzerland.


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