Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has announced his retirement from football. Muamba, 24, collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on 17 March during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba, speaking about his announcement, said “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.” Muamba had travelled to Belgium earlier this week to have a minor routine heart surgery and Muamba says he received advice during his time there, prompting his retirement.
Read his statement below.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 ongoing 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.”
The news comes just six months after he suffered his cardiac arrest, with doctors saying he was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes.