Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer to meet medics who saved his life on return to Bournemouth

The Welsh international says he will be dictated by medical advice but is not ruling out playing again. 
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Tom Lockyer showed off the scar where his heart-starter device was fitted. Credit: GMB

Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer, whose heart stopped during a game, will return to the scene of his cardiac arrest and meet the team who saved his life.

The 29-year-old experienced an on-pitch cardiac arrest when Luton faced Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on 16 December.

At the re-arranged match on Wednesday, he will return to the stadium where he collapsed for the first time.

Lockyer's heart completely stopped for two minutes and 40 seconds and he had to be hospitalised for five days.

The Welshman was subsequently fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator and has since admitted that playing football again is "out of his hands".

Now, 88 days on from the incident, Lockyer is due to meet the medical team who saved his life before being presented to the crowd at half-time of Wednesday’s re-arranged Premier League fixture.

"It will be emotional going back and reliving that experience but we know we have to do it," said Luton manager Rob Edwards.

"Locks will meet the people who helped saved his life and see their supporters, who were unbelievable on the day.

"It will be nice to be able to close that part of the story up and concentrate on moving forward.

"It was a really difficult experience that we all went through. The main thing now is that Locks is okay and the silver lining is that some good will have come from it with more awareness on CPR and the importance of knowing what to do in those emergency situations."

Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer still does not know if he will be able to return to the sport. Credit: PA

A Bournemouth supporters’ trust has raised more than £2,000 to put on four coaches for Luton fans to make the 240-mile round-trip from Bedfordshire to the south coast.

There are also plans for a minute’s applause in tribute to the medics who saved Lockyer.

"They are the true heroes," added Edwards. "It is only football and there are more important things.

"What those guys did in the most pressurised moment was incredible and they deserve all the attention and affection that they are going to get."

Lockyer – whose girlfriend gave birth to their first child, a daughter, at the end of last month – had also suffered a collapse during May’s Championship play-off victory against Coventry and it remains uncertain if he will return to the pitch.

"It is day-by-day at the moment," said Edwards.

"He will enter into a period of rehabilitation but that can take a long time - months - so it is one step at a time at the moment.

"He will be coming down [on Wednesday], which is great. He has got bigger things on his mind with a new baby and he is in a position where that is his main focus right now.

"We would love to have him here on a weekly basis and for him to be around more and lean on his experiences and he will help us.

"It will be really nice for him to meet those heroes and the supporters and he will get a brilliant reception. That will be really nice for him but it will be emotional, too."

The Hatters, three points adrift of safety, will be looking to build on Cauley Woodrow’s late goal at Crystal Palace last weekend which salvaged a draw and ended a run of four consecutive league defeats.

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