Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday August 15 2012
Bolton Wanderers have today announced the sand news that 24 year old midfielder Fabrice Muamba has retired from football. Muamba collapsed suddenly on the pitch in Bolton's Quarter Final cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in March having suffered a cardiac arrest. Muamba's heart stopped beating for 72 minutes, yet amazingly, medics were still able to revive him and nurse him back to consciousness.
Muamba had hoped to resume his playing career and even told of how he joined in with a game of beach football during his summer holidays. But after extensive consultations with leading cardiologists, Muamba has retired on medical advice. The rangy midfielder came to England aged 9 having fled civil war in DR Congo. Arsenal signed him up as a school boy and he appeared twice in the Carling Cup, before joining Steve Bruce's Birmingham in 2007. In 2008 he moved to Bolton Wanderers where he made 130 appearances. He was called 33 times by England U-21s.
Bolton issued a statement today confirming the decision on their official website, 'Bolton Wanderers announce that Fabrice Muamba has retired from playing professional football.
'The decision has been made on the recommendation of his medical team, following extensive consultations with leading cardiologists both in the United Kingdom and Europe.'
Muamma himself added, "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."
Date:Wednesday August 15 2012
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