Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba refusing to rule out return to football
Fabrice Muamba will "never say never" over a possible return to football following his on-field collapse at Tottenham last season
Fabrice Muamba is still hopeful he will be able to play football again following his cardiac arrest during a match last season.
The 23-year-old collapsed during Bolton Wanderers’ FA Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in March and required 15 defibrillator shocks to get his heart beating again.
It remains unclear whether the former Arsenal youth player will be able to return to action, but the midfielder says his only focus at present is to “enjoy life” as he continues his rehabilitation.
“I am happy to be here and the fact is I continue to feel fine. I am improving slowly but surely,” Muamba told AS.
“At the moment I am not doing exercise, I am just enjoying life and travelling. It is a great privilege to be able to live with the assistance of a respiratory machine or something like that. It is fantastic.
“I am making small steps every day. I am still being medicated and we will see what happens. I have to co-ordinate with my doctor and see what he says but I’ll never say never.”
Muamba also revealed that he has not watched the video of his on-field collapse, which he said caused him no pain at the time.
“The only thing I remember about the game is running back and falling,” Muamba continued. “I felt dizzy whilst I was moving back, very dizzy.
“It was a strange sensation, I felt like I was running inside someone else’s body and then I fell. My head hit the ground twice and I lost consciousness. I was dead.
“I didn’t feel pain in my body or my head. I didn’t feel anything. That happened on the Saturday and I didn’t wake up until the Monday.
“I have never watched the video because I am not yet ready. Now I intend to enjoy life. It is a miracle that I can do things like travel. It is a miracle because I shouldn’t even have lived, so everything that comes now is a bonus.”