Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation
06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012
Fabrice Muamba has been told he needs more heart surgery if he is to have any hope of resurrecting his playing career.
The Bolton midfielder is in Belgium for specialist treatment, five months after he 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match.
The 24-year-old visited leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in the hope of being told he will one day play football again.
Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career
While there has been no definitive answer, according to the Mirror newspaper, Muamba is expected to have 'a minor but necessary procedure' on Thursday.
Ahead of the operation, the former England Under 21 international's girlfriend Shauna took to Twitter.
She said: 'Thank you guys for the support if it is Gods will @fmuamba will play again even better and stronger than before. Faith can move mountains.'
She later added: 'For all your kind words thank you so much @fmuamba and I really appreciate it. Promise to update at the end of the week xx.'
Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs
Speaking in an interview with Piers Morgan on American news channel CNN, Muamba recently revealed he had enjoyed a 'kickabout' with players including Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Sunderland's Kieran Richardson during a recent visit to Dubai.
He said: 'I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football.
'Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna – I told her “I am sorry but I am going to play football”. She goes “are you sure” and I say “yes” and I just went in there.'