Michael Schumacher has been hospitalized since his skiing accident. (Victor Caivano / AP)

The agent for Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically induced coma since a skiing accident at the end of 2013, says the legendary former Formula One driver is showing is showing “small, encouraging signs” of recovery and that his family continues to believe he “will wake up.”

Schumacher has been hospitalized in Grenoble, France, since striking his head on a rock while skiing with his son on Dec. 29. In late January, doctors said they were beginning to wake him, but there have been few updates since. Sabine Kehm spoke after reports earlier this week painted a poor prospect for recovery.

“We are, and remain confident, Michael will pull through and will wake up,” Kehm’s statement said. “There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know this is the time to be very patient. Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.

“It was clear from the start this will be a long and hard fight for Michael, and we are taking this fight on together with the team of doctors, whom we fully trust. The length of the process is not the important part for us. It is heart-warming to see how much sympathy his family is shown and I can say the family is extremely grateful for it. However, it should not be forgotten Michael’s family is dealing with an extremely intimate and fragile situation.

“And I would like to remind all of us Michael has always actively kept his family out of the public eye and consequently protected their private lives. We try to channel all the energies we have toward Michael and we firmly believe this will help him, and we believe he will also win this fight.”

Schumacher, 45, twice had surgery at the University of Grenoble hospital to remove pressure and blood clots on his brain.