Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has been discharged from hospital almost a month to the day after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a game.

The midfielder collapsed on the pitch in the first half of Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on March 17, with the game subsequently being abandoned.

The former England Under-21 international received treatment on the field before being taken to the London Chest Hospital.

It later emerged that it took 78 minutes for his heart to start working unassisted.

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust paid tribute to him following his release from hospital:

"Barts Health can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has now been discharged following several weeks of treatment. All our staff wish him the very best in his ongoing recovery".

Dr Andrew Deaner, a consultant cardiologist at the London Chest hospital where Fabrice Muamba was being treated, leapt from the stands at White Hart Lane after he spotted medics performing CPR on the 23-year-old player.

The footballer paid his own tribute to the hospital, saying in a statement:

I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff at The London Chest Hospital who have played a part in my care.

Their dedication, professionalism and expertise is simply amazing and I will forever be in their debt. I also wish to say thank you to all the many well-wishers who have sent thousands of messages of support. Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family.

Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers. Credit: PA

After he was discharged, Muamba's fiancee Shauna Magunda, who has tweeted regularly during his recovery, wrote:

Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter added:

Barts Health NHS Trust tweeted: