Hodgson: Muamba collapse brought back haunting memories of Solbakken
23:09 GMT, 23 March 2012
Roy Hodgson relived the horror of his own harrowing experience when he saw Fabrice Muamba collapse at White Hart Lane last week.
He had once seen one of his own players suffer a cardiac arrest on the training pitch.
The West Bromwich boss was managing FC Copenhagen 11 years ago when midfielder Stale Solbakken, who had a spell with Wimbledon in 1997-98, dropped to the ground in similar fashion.
Trauma: Solbakken suffered a heart attack during a training session
He said: 'What happened with Fabrice was a parallel with Stale. He was clinically dead for a time, too.
'It happened at our training ground.
When he left, we feared the worst. We didn't know whether he would fully
recover. We didn't know whether he would have a major defect as a
result of his heart stopping for that length of time.
Full recovery: Hodgson is hopeful Muamba can recover as Solbakken did
'I remember well how relieved and
happy we all were. The club shut down for three days, like it did at
Bolton. It was our enormous good fortune that, on that particular day,
the doctor who serviced the club happened to be there. Stale was under
the care of a heart specialist within 30 minutes.
'We were lucky because the following
day the doctor would not have been there. I think that's where Fabrice
has been fortunate as well.'
Stale, then 32, had a pacemaker
fitted but did not play again. He is now manager of Cologne after
coaching success in Norway and Denmark.
On the mend: The Bolton midfielder remain in intensive care but his condition is improving