Footballer Muamba To Retire

Former Birmingham City midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been forced to retire on medical grounds.

Fabrice Muamba forced to retire on medical advice

Muamba has been told by doctors he should retire from football at the age of 24 Credit: PA

Former Birmingham midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been forced to retire from football on medical advice.

The 24-year-old collapsed during an FA Cup at Tottenham Hotspur in March and was clinically dead for around eighty minutes. Millions of television viewers watched as the medics attempted to revive the midfielder in the middle of the pitch.

His recovery stunned doctors and fans alike. Wtihin days he was talking again, and within weeks was back at the Reebok Stadium watching Wanderers play in a crucial Premier League game.

In a statement on their website the club have confirmed that the decision has been made on the recommendation of his medical team, and following extensive consultations with leading cardiologists both in the UK and Europe.

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Footballer's condition improves

Bolton midfielder still recovering in hospital after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham
Bolton midfielder still recovering in hospital after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Credit: PA

The hospital treating former Birmingham City player Fabrice Muamba has confirmed the player can now recognise family members and respond to their questions.

The London Chest Hospital:

"He is now able to breathe independently, without the aid of a ventilator and he is able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately. These are positive signs of progress."

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Friends visit Muamba in hospital

Former Birmingham City Player Fabrice Muamba
Former Birmingham City Player Fabrice Muamba Credit: PA

Arsenal defender, Johan Djourou and Spurs striker Jermain Defoe – both friends of former Birmingham City player Fabrice Muamba, visited the player in hospital yesterday.

Bolton have postponed their next fixture, the Premier League tie against Aston Villa was due to take place tomorrow.

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