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Fabrice Muamba dedicates doctorate to 'everybody who helped me'

Fabrice Muamba admitted he is still "far away" from returning to a football pitch but remains hopeful he will be able to resume his career with Bolton.

Fabrice Muamba poses for photographs after receiving an Honorary Degree from Bolton University. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The midfielder was at the town's Victoria Hall this morning to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton at their graduation ceremony. Muamba was presented with the award to honour both him and the doctors who saved his life when he collapsed with a cardiac arrest.

Speaking at the ceremony, Muamba said: "I'm getting stronger every day. I'm far away from being back on the football pitch.

"I really, really hope, by the grace of God, that I'll be back on the pitch but I'm just grateful to the university for this doctorate and I receive it on behalf of everybody who helped me to survive the cardiac arrest."

Bolton manager 'delighted' Muamba will attend game

We are absolutely delighted that we will be able to welcome Fabrice and his family back to the Reebok, and we are all looking forward to seeing him.

It's fitting that the match is between these two clubs and that Fabrice is able to come along.

I know Fabrice is very keen to show his appreciation to both sets of fans for their support.

– Owen Coyle, Bolton Manager


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