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Fans and players across the country show support for Muamba

Fans show their support for Fabrice Muamba during a Premier League match v Blackburn at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton. Photo: PA

Thousands of football fans clapped and cheered in a show of support for Fabrice Muamba as his Bolton Wanderers side returned to the pitch for the first time since his cardiac arrest.

Supporters in the lower tier of the Nat Lofthouse stand each raised a poster to display a mosaic spelling out "Muamba 6".

ITV News' Will Dalton has this report:

23 year old Muamba remains in the London Chest Hospital where he was admitted last Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest during his club's FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Bolton players warm up wearing Fabrice Muamba shirts prior to the Barclays Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton. Credit: PA

Muamba's name was also sung out by the crowd at the final whistle as his team-mates celebrated their victory with a mass huddle.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle later revealed that** **Muamba had sent a good luck message to the side.

"Fabrice managed to send us a message yesterday through one of the consultants to say he wished the lads well," said Coyle.

Get well messages for Fabrice Muamba are left outside the Reebok Stadium, Bolton. Credit: PA

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has confirmed Fabrice Muamba will remain with the club "as long as he wants".

"He will be here as long as he wants to be," he told BBC Radio Five Live. "It is all about Fabrice. It is not a football story. It is a Muamba story."

A Bolton fan shows his support for Fabrice Muamba. Credit: PA
Arsenal fans unfurl a banner in support of Bolton's Fabrice Muamba, a former Arsenal player, before their match against Aston Villa. Credit: Reuters

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