Michael Schumacher's wife Corinna has issued a statement asking press and media representatives currently at Grenoble University Hospital to leave the hospital.

"It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace. I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic," she requested.

"Please support us in our common fight with Michael," she added. "Please leave our family in peace."

There has been a large media presence at the hospital for the last nine days ever since Schumacher was flown in after suffering a head injury while out skiing with his son during a family holiday over Christmas.

After initial treatment stabilised his condition, Schumacher's condition has been described as stable but critical and there have been few notable developments reported by the hospital or by Schumacher's management team in the last week.

On Monday, a statement from the hospital confirmed that Schumacher's condition remained the same and that the seven-time world champion was still in an induced coma while he recovers from his injuries.

Indicating that the medical team attending the 45-year-old did not expect any changes to his condition in the short term, the most recent statement issued by the hospital stated on Monday that: "We do not plan any press conferences nor give out written press releases, anymore for the time being."

That's left the large press contingent at Grenoble with little new to report in the meantime, and the likelihood is that this will remain the case for some while. Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has downplayed overnight reports in which she appeared to have said that he was "is no longer in imminent danger."

The increase in media speculation surrounding the star's condition in the absence of new facts has now resulted in Corinna Schumacher's request on Tuesday that all media leave the clinic.

In a separate development, French prosecutors have said that they will hold a press conference on Wednesday to reveal their findings as to the causes of Schumacher's accident in the French Alps.

The investigators have been examining footage from a camera attached to Schumacher's helmet that was supplied to them by the family. Schumacher was skiing off-piste at the time of the accident but was not thought to be going fast at the time.

The investigation is understood to be into how well signposted the area is in terms of alerting skiers to potential dangers.


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