Claim: Michael Schumacher is now breathing without respiratory assistance!

Michael Schumacher’s management have dampened reports the Formula 1 star is breathing independently.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed, without citing official sources, the German, 45, is recovering without ‘respiratory assistance’.

But his management team said he remains in ‘the wake-up phase’ and anything published without official confirmation should be regarded as invalid.

The seven-times world champion has been in an artificial coma at Grenoble Hospital since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps on December 29.

It was confirmed on January 30 that doctors had begun reducing his sedation in a bid to start the ‘waking-up process’.

Gazzetta dello Sport has also claimed Schumacher is regularly visited by Ross Brawn, former technical director of Ferrari, and Jean Todt, FIA president. The latter reportedly speaks to Schumacher in English about their shared past.

But Schumacher’s management said in a statement: “Michael is still in the wake up phase.

“The situation has not changed. Any medical information published which is not confirmed by the team of doctors treating Michael or his management has to be considered as not valid.”

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