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Fabrice Muamba to have minor operation

Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation

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UPDATED:

06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

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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

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

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.'

London 2012 Olympics: Women"s beach volleyball pair announced

Team GB select Dampney and Mullin as women's beach volleyball pair

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 2 July 2012

Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin will represent Great Britain in beach volleyball at London 2012.

The London Games will be the first time Team GB has been represented in the event since the 1996 Games in Atlanta when the sport joined the Olympic programme.

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Let the Games begin: Shauna Mullin (left) and Zara Dampney (right)

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9

Countdown: The beach volleyball competition runs from July 28 to August 9 at Horseguard's Parade

Dampney and Mullin have competed together internationally since 2009 and are currently ranked 37th in the world and No 1 in Britain.

Team GB decided to take advantage of the home nation place available to enter a women's pair for beach volleyball, which will take place in what is set to become one of the iconic venues of London 2012, at Horse Guards Parade.

Mullin said: 'Competing at the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and at the end of July my dreams are coming true.

'Being selected to represent Team GB and be part of what is going to be the best Olympics ever is a huge honour.'

Her beach volleyball partner Dampney added: 'I am extremely excited to represent Team GB at the Olympics and I'm looking forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead, especially in front of our home crowd.'

The Olympic beach volleyball competition runs from 28th July to 9th August.

Fabrice Muamba news: Bolton players visit before Tottenham match

We'll be thinking of you, Fabrice: Bolton players visit team-mate in hospital just hours before emotional return to Spurs

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 27 March 2012

Bolton trio Zat Knight, David Wheater and Jussi Jasskelainen made an emotional visit to Fabrice Muamba ahead of tonight's match against Tottenham.

The players took time out from preparations at the team hotel to see their team-mate at the London Chest Hospital.

Weaing their club tracksuits, the players jumped out of a black cab before a short visit to see Muamba.

Visit: Jussi Jaaskelainen (left), Zat Knight (centre) and David Wheater (right) arrive at the London Chest Hospital to see their pal

Visit: Jussi Jaaskelainen (left), Zat Knight (centre) and David Wheater (right) arrive at the London Chest Hospital to see their pal

Time out: The players made the visit ahead of the game at Tottenham

Time out: The players made the visit ahead of the game at Tottenham

For all the emotional issues swirling around Bolton’s return to White Hart Lane on Tuesday, it could have been so much worse.

There could have been no rescheduled FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, no delegation paying a visit to the London Chest Hospital on Tuesday.

We could, as manager Owen Coyle tactfully put it, be having ‘a different conversation’ about Muamba, after he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch 10 days ago, and whether Bolton would replay this tie at all.

Return: Owen Coyle (left) will take his team back to White Hart Lane

Return: Owen Coyle (left) will take his team back to White Hart Lane

Shauna Muamba on Twitter

Today I reflect on the outpour of support and love from people who love Fab from a distance. We love and thank u too 4 caring, thank u.

‘The reason the game goes ahead is because Fabrice is improving,’ said Coyle as he delivered another positive update on the 23-year-old’s condition and even joked about Muamba falling asleep on Sunday morning during Match of the Day highlights of Bolton’s 2-1 win over Blackburn.

‘I don’t know if he still thinks we won 2-0,’ smiled Coyle. ‘You’ve got to understand, for those of us who were there on the Saturday night, to think that a week later he could sit up and watch some of that game is remarkable. He is touched and moved by the show of support, unity, goodwill and feeling, and everyone willing him on to a recovery.’

Coyle, chairman Phil Gartside, defender David Wheater and one more player will visit the intensive care unit on Tuesday, where Muamba remains in a serious but stable condition.

Otherwise the club are doing their best to prepare for the game as normal. Coyle acknowledged that there are clearly extraordinary issues to consider, and some players have complained of flashbacks to the incident.

He again promised that no-one will be made to play against Tottenham, but expects to name a similar line-up to that which started the abandoned tie.

Tribute: Bolton players warmed up wearing Muamba's name and number

Tribute: Bolton players warmed up wearing Muamba's name and number

‘It’s going to be very emotional but I don’t think we can pre-plan as to whether we go there early or this and that,’ said Coyle. ‘We’ll just have to take it as it comes.

‘It’s just about going and playing the game. Do we want to win Yes, as do Tottenham. In a football context, it’s a tough game at the best of times, never mind coming on the back of all the emotion involved in it as well.’

Bolton have also been keen to acknowledge the efforts of Tottenham’s medical staff and Spurs fan Dr Andrew Deaner, as well as the reaction of the home crowd 10 days ago.

Their players will warm up in T-shirts dedicated to Tottenham and the match shirts worn by both teams will be signed and auctioned for the hospital treating Muamba, the London Ambulance Service and several heart-related charities.

Improving: Fabrice Muamba watched his team-mates on Match of the Day

Improving: Fabrice Muamba watched his team-mates on Match of the Day

‘We’ll get the opportunity to thank both sets of supporters, who were remarkable,’ said Coyle.

‘From chairman Daniel Levy all the way through the club, Tottenham Hotspur have been truly outstanding. Harry (Redknapp, their manager) didn’t have to be phoning two or three times a day for an update, but he had genuine concern and goodwill. That just sums up the man he is.’

For Tottenham’s players, too, the game could prove to be a difficult experience. But midfielder Scott Parker believes Muamba’s progress has made it easier to focus their minds on football again.

He said: ‘It was a little bit tricky after what happened but I think the lads are fine now because we hear Fabrice is doing pretty well. It’s helped us a lot.’

Fabrice Muamba starts speaking at hospital

He's started speaking! Real hope over Muamba as stricken star utters words to family and friends at his hospital bedside

Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips pay visit to hospital bedside

Flowers and shirt tributes laid at Reebok Stadium as fans forget rivalries

We're not even thinking about when our next game will be, reveals Davies

Coyle and Gartside make another visit to the bedside of midfielder

Bolton chiefs consider pulling out of FA Cup to avoid return to Tottenham

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 19 March 2012

Fabrice Muamba has uttered words as he battles to save his life after collapsing on the pitch.

Curtis Codrington, who is a close friend of the player and his fiancee Shauna, has been visiting Muamba in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital.

After speaking to Muamba's family on Monday, Codrington revealed that his friend has spoken 'minimal words in English and French, which is better than nothing.'

Earlier, there was more good news over the health of Muamba, who is 'showing small signs of improvement'.

Visit: Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole went to see Fabrice Muamba on Monday afternoon

Visit: Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole went to see Fabrice Muamba on Monday afternoon

Old pal: Johan Djourou arrives at the London Chest Hospital to visit his former Arsenal team-mate

Old pal: Johan Djourou arrives at the London Chest Hospital to visit his former Arsenal team-mate

Medics reported that Muamba's heart is now beating without the aid of medication and he is showing movement in his arms and legs, offering the world of football enormous hope for the player's recovery.

However, it could take days before Muamba's long-term prognosis is identified and he continues to be closely monitored and treated.

A joint statement, from the club and
The Barts and London NHS Trust released on Monday, read: 'Fabrice Muamba
remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital, where today he
is showing small signs of improvement.

'His heart is now beating without the help of medication and he is also moving his arms and his legs.

'However,
his long-term prognosis will remain unclear for some time. He is still
critically ill and will continue to be closely monitored and treated by
staff in The London Chest Hospital's intensive care unit.'

Support: A simple message for Muamba attached to flowers at the Reebok today

Support: A simple message for Muamba attached to flowers at the Reebok today

Update: Bolton boss Owen Coyle spoke off Fabrice Muamba continuing his 'brave fight' to save his life at the London Chest Hospital

Update: Bolton boss Owen Coyle spoke off Fabrice Muamba continuing his 'brave fight' to save his life at the London Chest Hospital

Bolton boss Owen Coyle earlier described the 'brave fight' that the 23-year-old is putting up after his heart attack.

The player has received support throughout the football community since his cardiac arrest on the pitch at Tottenham on Saturday night.

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou paid a second visit to his friend on Monday and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole also offered a vigil at his bedside, arriving alongside QPR midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips. Cole played with Muamba at Arsenal and Wright-Phillips represented England Under 21s alongside the Bolton star.

Caring: Bolton captain Kevin Davies revealed none of the players are only concerned about the welfare of Muamba

Caring: Bolton captain Kevin Davies revealed none of the players are only concerned about the welfare of Muamba

Former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba – from Muamba's native Congo – revealed he plans to hire a private jet and visit Muamba at the weekend with Anzhi team-mates Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o.

Coyle and chairman Phil Gartside were back at the London Chest Hospital on Monday as the player's fiancee called on fans to pray for the star.

Coyle said Muamba's family had been inundated with messages of support following his collapse.

'The
message is the good will, the prayers from everybody, they are so
thankful and they want to put that on record – to say “keep up the
prayers, thanks for all the support”' he said.

Fans' favourite: A small picture of Muamba is attached to flowers by tribute shirts

Fans' favourite: A small picture of Muamba is attached to flowers by tribute shirts

'They have been inundated as we all
have, both in the football community globally and family and friends.
People are taking a genuine interest and a real concern with how Fabrice
is doing.'

Coyle was speaking outside the London Chest Hospital where the 23-year-old player is in a stable but critical condition.

'We all know he's such a wonderful
lad, he's a young man and we all hope that will help in this brave fight
which he is undergoing at the moment,' Coyle continued.

'It's a difficult situation but the family are bearing up as well as they can. They themselves are very positive people.

'You look at what Fabrice has been
through in life already and you can tell that he is a fighter. He has
such a fantastic smile and that's what we all want to see again.

Well wishes: Muamba's collapse has seen messages flood into Bolton's home

Well wishes: Muamba's collapse has seen messages flood into Bolton's home

No time for rivalry: Shirts from a number of different clubs were laid outside the ground

No time for rivalry: Shirts from a number of different clubs were laid outside the ground

'When situations like this occur,
there is a real strength, a real unity and a real togetherness. As a
family they are showing that and again that has been boosted by
everybody else's support.'

Coyle spoke shortly after Bolton skipper Kevin Davies also described Muamba as a 'fighter'.

Davies spoke this morning as the
world of football comes together to support the player and his family as
he battles for his life. The midfielder remains on a life support machine.

Davies said: 'Fabrice is fighting and we are all hoping he will pull through. I spoke to the manager and the doctor this morning and his condition remains criticial. I have been speaking to the manager and I have travelled back with the chairman. He went back down to support Fabrice and his family.

'It was optional to come into training today and decisions will have to be made but my immediate thoughts are with Fabrice and his family. The club will take a stance on (the next game) in the next couple of days. But at the minute we want to just try and help Fabrice.'

Visit: Bolton manager Owen Coyle was back with Muamba at hospital this morning

Visit: Bolton manager Owen Coyle was back with Muamba at hospital this morning

Support: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) arrives with club doctor Jonathan Tobin

Support: Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) arrives with club doctor Jonathan Tobin

Couple: Fabrice with partner Shauna

Couple: Fabrice with partner Shauna

Davies was on the pitch when Muamba
collapsed in the FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane and added: 'It
became very serious within just a few seconds. We all knew there was
something seriously wrong. You feel powerless – he's a colleague, a friend, a father and a son.'

Davies went to hospital with Muamba on Saturday night and marvelled at the work of medical staff.

'The amount of people who were
turning up, running around trying to get Fabrice sorted out was
amazing,' he said. 'There is no doubt in my mind if it wasn't down to
all those people, we wouldn't even be in this situation. We are all
thankful to them that they have given Fabrice a bit of hope.'

Davies has also been touched by the
overwhelming support for Muamba from across the footballing world. Fans
of both sides applauded the 23-year-old off the pitch on Saturday and
supporters at other matches since have offered their own backing with a
minute's applause.

Numerous scarves and other tributes from competing clubs have been left at the Reebok Stadium.
Davies is thankful for all of these. But there is a part of him that feels quite saddened.

'It is the first time in my nearly 19 years in the game that I have seen a stadium unite,' he said.
'It was touching but I was laying in bed thinking how sad it was as well.

'As professionals, we put a lot of
hours in. We work hard and make a lot of sacrifices. But it seems that
that the only way you are going to get a ripple of applause away from
your own ground is to get carried off on a stretcher.

'That is a sad state of affairs. Fans
are quick to get off their seats if there is a mis-timed tackle. Maybe
people have to ask why Fabrice Muamba runs 80 yards to put a last-ditch
tackle in.

'It is not because he has anything
against your team. It is because he is working hard for his own. If
there is anything positive to come out of this, when you see supporters
from all over, it would be nice if the fans could unite.'

Tribute: Some of Real Madrid's players wore shirts in support of Muamba on Sunday night

Tribute: Some of Real Madrid's players wore shirts in support of Muamba on Sunday night

On Monday morning, a joint statement
from Bolton, Barts and The NHS Trust 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.'

The football world has united in support for Muamba – and his 27-year-old partner
Shauna, who runs a successful Caribbean food catering business and got
engaged to the footballer on Valentine’s Day, took to Twitter to write:
'2 everyone out there thank u so much for all the love and support
collectively as a family we appreciate it all. Plz continue 2 pray 4 fab
x.

'Fabrice WILL!! Pull through because God is good. Love u so much @fmuamba keep strong we're praying for u honey xx.

'Please keep praying for @fmuamba its really helping I can feel it xx. God is in control. Please keep @fmuamba in ur prayers xx.'

Saturday's match against Tottenham was quickly abandoned after the horrific moment when Muamba fell to the turf with no-one close to him.

Bolton may now withdraw from the FA Cup to avoid a harrowing return to Tottenham in a rescheduled match.

If the rescheduled game is axed,
Tottenham would go into a semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. Bolton
would not be penalised if they decide to withdraw.

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

A source close to Bolton told the
Daily Mirror: 'This is a group of young men, just kids really. How could
they cope with going back to Spurs and going through it all again'

Bolton’s
next match is the relegation six-pointer against Lancashire rivals
Blackburn this Saturday, although it may also be under threat.

Gary Cahill, his former teammate,
wore a message on his T-shirt that said: ‘Pray 4 Muamba’ as he scored
for Chelsea in the FA Cup win over Leicester on Sunday.

He
was joined by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who wrote on Twitter: ‘I
want to dedicate (the goal) to Muamba. Keep fighting buddy, don’t give
up.’

Manchester United’s players led a round
of applause for the stricken player before their 5-0 win at Wolves,
while Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and his mother visited Muamba and
his family in hospital.

As the 23-year-old spent a second night on life support, Bolton plan for
all their players to have further heart screenings and ECGs on Monday.

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea's support for Muamba

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea's support for Muamba

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

FADIGA ALSO SUFFERED BOLTON HEART COLLAPSE AGAINST SPURS

Fabrice Muamba was not the first Bolton player to collapse on the pitch. Khalilou Fadiga was struck down before Bolton's Carling Cup tie against Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium in 2004.

The Sengalese player had to be fitted with a pacemaker following his ordeal but managed to make a return to the game in 2005, playing five more games for the club before joining Coventry.

It was already known by Bolton that Fadiga had a heart defect when they signed him from Inter Milan in 2004 after the condition restricted him from playing for the Italian giants.

But the 37-year-old managed to keep on playing until last year when in retired at Belgium third division outfit KSV Temse.

Muamba had heart tests along with his team-mates at the start of the
season, but they did not flag up any problems for the athletic
midfielder.

Bolton’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Aston Villa on Tuesday has
been postponed and Spurs could yet cancel their clash against Stoke on Wednesday night.

Tottenham will have trained counsellors at their Spurs
Lodge training ground on Tuesday to help players affected.

Their
goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, pulled out of appearing on Match of the Day 2
on Sunday night.

After scoring and revealing his personal message to Muamba, Cahill – who
played with the midfielder at Bolton – said: ‘The game was a bit of a
blur for me after having seen what happened yesterday.

'I just hope he is
OK. My mind was in a different place today.’

A round of applause echoed around Stamford Bridge ahead of Sunday’s
game, while Liverpool offered their thoughts and prayers for Muamba
during the pre-match handshake.

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club's FA Cup tie against Stoke

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club's FA Cup tie against Stoke

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club's Reebok Stadium home

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club's Reebok Stadium home

Supporters at the matches at Wolves, Newcastle and Cardiff also paid tribute to the ex-England Under 21 midfielder.

And in Spain, Real Madrid players wore T-shirts before their game against Malaga with messages of support for Muamba.

Tottenham striker Defoe – who was visibly traumatised by the incident –
visited Muamba yon Sunday and a number of his Bolton team-mates also
wish to return to London to be close to their friend and colleague.

It was claimed on Sunday night that the supporter who jumped on to the
pitch just moments after Muamba collapsed was a heart specialist who
advised the medical staff to take the player to the London Chest
Hospital rather than the closer North Middlesex Hospital.

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC (below), in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC, in east London where Muamba remains under care

And it is understood the fan’s intervention played a key role in
ensuring Muamba had the best possible chance of surviving the ordeal.
Referee Howard Webb abandoned the match as medics tried to revive the
player, whose heart stopped beating by itself for two hours.

A Bolton statement read on Sunday: ‘Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical
condition in intensive care in the heart attack centre at the London
Chest Hospital.

‘Fabrice was admitted to the hospital on Saturday evening after
collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he sustained a cardiac arrest.

‘Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to
the London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working.

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

‘As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours.’

Manager Owen Coyle added: ‘Fabrice’s family have asked me to pass on
their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only
Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad.’

Saturday’s events bear a chilling similarity to former Manchester City
midfielder Marc Vivien Foe’s death in 2003, when he collapsed while
playing for Cameroon against Colombia.

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

It brought back painful memories for ESPN pundit Kevin Keegan, who was
Foe’s City manager at the time of his death. ‘Although every case is
different, there were horrible similarities with what happened to Marc,’
he said.

‘There was no way the game could continue here – you could see, from the
distress of players on both sides, that you can’t play football after
something so traumatic.’

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe – a close friend of Muamba's – a show of support

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on