The Bolton Wanderers midfielder has retired from the game after he suffered a cardiac arrest last March.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle says it wouldn't surprise him to see the midfielder back on a football pitch reasonably soon.
Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from hospital, almost a month after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game.
Very sad to hear that Fabrice Muamba has to retire from football. I really wish the best for him. Top lad! #keepstrong
Fabrice Muamba's fiance Shauna, has tweeted her thanks for the support the couple has received after Fabrice announced his retirement from football:
Thanks for all the support. We're blessed to have our family and we're looking forward to whatever the future holds. Much love xx
– Phil Gartside, Bolton Chairman
To have Fabrice here and with us is truly amazing and we are all very thankful for that.
We are all hugely disappointed that Fabrice will be unable to return to his playing career but we have to be guided by the medical recommendations and the best interests of Fabrice.
The most important thing is that Fabrice and his family have the rest of their lives ahead of them.
All at #MCFC would like to send our best wishes to Fabrice Muamba following news of his retirement from football today
– Owen Coyle, Bolton Wanderers manager
We have spoken with Fab and he knows we will always support him in whatever he wants to do and that we will always be here for him.
He is obviously massively disappointed that he won’t be able to carry on his career, but everyone has seen what a fighter and strong person he is in mind and body.
We know that he will go on to achieve great things and within all this disappointment, the most important thing is that he is here, alive, today.
Fabrice Muamba has confirmed his retirement from football on Bolton Wanderers' website. He said in a statement:
Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again.
As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist. But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.
Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities.
Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level. While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for.
I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible.
I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has retired from football, according to The Sun.
Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur last March - his heart stopped for 78 minutes.
A source told the newspaper: "Fabrice is devastated as you can imagine".
The Guardian's chief football writer Daniel Taylor has tweeted:
Told that Bolton Wanderers are going to make an announcement about Fabrice Muamba in the next 30 minutes or so . . #BWFC
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."