Twelve boys recovering after they were rescued from a flooded Thai cave will be discharged from hospital on Thursday.
The announcement was made by Thailand’s health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn.
He said: “We need to prepare both the children and their families for the attention they will receive when they come out.”
The children and their 25-year-old football coach were retrieved following a risky three-day operation which concluded on Tuesday.
Four of the boys were freed last week on Sunday, another four were released on Monday, and the final four plus their coach were rescued on Tuesday.
A number of the young footballers have been pictured looking upbeat in hospital, and all of them have said that they are in good health and recovering well.
One of the boys, Sompong Jaiwong Pong, said: “I am very strong now. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and I would like to thank people from around the world for helping us.”
He added: “I would like to eat stir fried basil leaf on rice with fried egg.”
Doctors have so far kept the boys on a simple diet, although they were treated to a bread and chocolate treat after making a special request.
Another of the boys, Night, has said he is looking forward to eating some barbecue pork, and teammate Abdul has said that his health is “improving” and “wants to eat KFC”.
Bew said he would like to “thank everyone who is worrying about me”, and Tee expressed his gratitude to “everyone who has given me support and inspiration”.
Meanwhile, the boys’ football team – the Wild Boars – has returned to training for the first time since the rescue operation.
The youngsters there said they could not wait to see their friends back on the pitch.
The session at a school in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province was led by head coach Nopparat Khantavong.
The dramatic rescue mission involved 13 foreign divers – around half of which were British – and the youngsters were given a “minor tranquilliser” to calm their nerves, according to Thailand’s junta chief.
The boys had gone missing while exploring the cave after football practice with their coach on 23 June.
But bursts of monsoon rain caused the water inside the cave to rise, leaving them trapped.