Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has revealed he took part in an impromptu game of football while on holiday in May, two months after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham with a cardiac arrest.
Muamba told CNN:
"I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football," he said.
"Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna - I told her 'I am sorry but I am going to play football'. She goes 'are you sure?' and I say 'yes' and I just went in there."
Footballer Fabrice Muamba is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton, it was announced today.
The Bolton midfielder, whose heart stopped beating for 78 minutes after he collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup match earlier this year, will be honoured in recognition of the work of the medics who helped save him.
University vice chancellor Dr George Holmes said: "Fabrice is an exceptional young man in his own right but he will receive his honorary doctorate to celebrate and recognise the work of the teams who rushed to his aid."
In an exclusive interview with ITV Sport, Bolton's Fabrice Muamba tells Adrian Chiles that he is 'glad to be alive' after collapsing on the pitch in an FA Cup tie earlier this season. Watch the interview here.
Fabrice Muamba's fans and fellow stars will show their support as his Bolton Wanderers side return to the pitch.
Bolton is encouraging all fans attending the game against local rivals Blackburn Rovers to take their seats by 2.50pm.
As the players appear from the tunnel at 2.55pm fans in the lower tier of the Nat Lofthouse stand will be asked to raise posters and display a mosaic spelling out his name and shirt number - "Muamba 6".
A video compilation of Muamba's career will then be shown on the big screen followed by a period of applause, according to the club.