• Premier League

Muamba stable but in critical condition

ESPNsoccernet staff
March 19, 2012
Flowers and shirts are laid by wellwishers at Bolton's Reebok Stadium © Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba remained in a stable but critically ill condition on Monday morning.

After suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday night, Muamba was taken to The London Chest Hospital, and medical staff were able to restore his heartbeat.

However, he remains in a critical condition and a statement issued by the club and the hospital on Monday read: "Fabrice Muamba's heart condition is stable, but he remains critically ill in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital.

"The family is grateful to the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time."

Muamba's fiancee, writing under the name Shauna Muamba on Twitter, wrote: "God is in control. Please keep @fmuamba in ur prayers xx"

She added: "Please keep praying for @fmuamba its really helping I can feel it xx."

She later posted: "For all your messages of love thank u so much. Where there is life there is hope xx"

Bolton captain Kevin Davies explained on Monday morning that the club are hopeful of knowing more later in the day.

"It's been a difficult time for everybody at the club and everybody involved in football. It's so tragic for something like that to happen and we're hopeful that he can pull through," Davies told Sky Sports News. "I'd like to say on behalf of his family and everyone at the club a big thank you to everybody, obviously the paramedics and all the medical staff. I went back afterwards with the manager and the doctors and the amount of people and doctors who were running around and trying to get Fab sorted out was amazing and we're all thankful to them that they've given Fabrice a bit of hope.

"It's traumatic and there have been sleepless nights after what we saw on the pitch. I've been in constant contact with the manager and the doctor, I was asked to keep informed so I can let the players and the friends and family know what the situation is. You're half expecting the phone to ring with what we saw, but Fabrice is fighting and we're all holding out and hoping he can pull through.

"I spoke to the manager this morning and the doctor, and he remains in a critical condition. There's no change there. We're hopeful that later today we'll have a bit more information."

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