EXCLUSIVE: Muamba tells friends he WILL play again
Published 22:30 22/04/12 By Andrew Gregory
Fabrice Muamba is desperate to be back on the pitch next season, telling pals: “I will play again.”
Doctors have warned the Bolton Wanderers footballer, 24, he must not rush back after he “died” for 78 minutes.
But a friend said: “Fabrice is super-fit and sees no reason why he shouldn’t aim to play for Bolton next season.” Speaking for the first time since he was discharged from hospital a week ago, Fabrice said: “It would be great to play football again and I hope that will happen.”
The devout Christian told how he prayed to God to protect him just hours before he collapsed during his team’s FA Cup match at Spurs on March 17. He said: “I am walking proof of the power of prayer.” Fabrice collapsed as millions watched the game on TV. He spent 40 days in hospital. He said: “I just felt myself falling through the air, then two thumps as my head hit the ground, then blackness, nothing. I was dead.”
Doctors have fitted the midfielder with a mini defibrillator to protect him if he suffers another cardiac arrest.
He is already kicking a ball in the garden of the home he shares with fiancee Shauna, 27, and son Josh, three.
And Fabrice is set for an emotional reunion with team-mates at Bolton’s home match against Spurs on May 2.