Muamba open to return to playing

Updated: April 23, 2012

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has not ruled out a return to professional football if he recovers fully from a cardiac arrest suffered against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

The 24-year-old’s heart stopped for 78 minutes after collapsing during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter final with Spurs on March 17th, but the Zaire born midfielder has made significant progress in his recovery and was discharged from London Chest Hospital last week.

Despite the ordeal only occurring a month ago, Muamba was able to walk out of the hospital unassisted.

The midfielder admitted walking short distances leaves him tired, but Muamba refused to rule out a Bolton return.

Talking to the Sun newspaper, Muamba said, “I couldn’t believe how wrecked I felt. I only managed about five paces from my bed, but felt like I’d just run the London marathon.

“It was a shock feeling like that because I’ve trained hard all my adult life and like to think I’m in very good shape.”

Muamba continued, “A few months ago I would think nothing of running miles, but now I’m tired after a 20-minute walk around the block.

“But now I’m making progress. It’s too early to say whether I’ll play football professionally again but I have great faith in God and I have hope, so who knows? If I can come back from the dead then perhaps I can achieve anything.”

Muamba was born in Zaire but has represented England at under-21 level and graduated through the Arsenal youth ranks.

The 24-year-old joined Birmingham for an estimated £4million in 2007 after a successful loan spell at the Midlands club.

Muamba joined Bolton in for £5m in 2008 and has been one of their most consistent performers during a disappointing season.

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