Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba faces crucial 24 hours

Updated: March 18, 2012

The FA Cup quarter-final between Spurs and Bolton at White Hart Lane has been abandoned after 41 minutes of play in the aftermath of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsing on the pitch.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle immediately called the attention of  referee Howard Webb  having seen his player fall to the ground  with Muamba having collapsed with no player anywhere near him.   Coyle called for medical attention to his player and the medics were almost immediately seen, vigorously chest pumping the 23 year-old naturalised Britain.

Many players were seen looking distressed at what they had seen; with some coming over to the touchline so as to remove themselves from the stricken player.  One of the medics ran to get a defibrillator before Muamba was eventually stretchered off following several minutes of medical attention.  He was then taken to the heart attack section of the London Chest Hospital, just seven miles away.  Manager Owen Coyle and veteran Bolton striker Kevin Davies accompanied the Zaire native as referee Howard Webb called the game off.   The score was 1-1 at the time of the abandonment with many players looking in no fit state to continue following what they had seen.

Coyle said on Sunday morning : “It’s very serious. There’s no getting away from that.” He added: “God willing, he makes it through.”

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