19 Mar 2012

Bolton Wanderers player had heart attack on field

11:19 am on 19 March 2012

It has been confirmed that a top British footballer who collapsed during a televised club match suffered a heart attack.

Fabrice Muamba from Bolton Wanderers remains in a critical condition in the London Chest Hospital on Sunday.

His side was playing in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Tottenham Hotspur in north London before the match was called off.

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Cole visited the player in hospital and in a statement said Muamba's family had asked him to pass on their thanks for the many kind messages of support, the BBC reports.

A statement from the hospital said Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

It said his heart had eventually started working after a prolonged resuscitation on the pitch at White Hart Lane and en route to hospital.

Muamba, who was born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), has represented England 33 times at the under-21 level.

He joined Bolton in northwest England from Birmingham City in 2008 and has made 130 league appearances for the club.