Schumacher has a 'long hard fight' ahead - Manager

Michael Schumacher has a long and hard fight ahead of him, his manager Sabine Kehm has said in her latest update on the German.

The seven-time champion is now undergoing rehabilitation nearer his family home in Switzerland after spending several months in a French hospital following his skiing accident a year ago.

Speaking to Reuters, Kehm said: "We need a long time. It is going to be a long time and a hard fight. He is making progress appropriate to the severity of the situation."

His manager also took the opportunity to rubbish comments made by former F1 driver Philippe Streiff. He claimed he had spoken with the Schumacher family and that Michael was "beginning to recognise those around him" and would soon be able to "sit upright".

Kehm confirmed his comments were "factually wrong", adding: "I cannot confirm that. 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."