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Muamba remains critical

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in hospital tonight, after collapsing on the pitch saturday...

His manager, Owen Coyle, and other premiership players visited the London Chest Hospital where Muamba remains anaesthetised and in intensive care.

The hospital and club released a joint statement saying the player was still in a critical condition at 8.30pm on Sunday.

It said: "Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at the London Chest Hospital.

"There will be no further update tonight."

It emerged today that paramedics could not get the 23 year old's heart to start beating on its own for almost two hours after he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup tie.

He fell to the ground at White Hart Lane at 6.11pm yesterday in front of millions of television viewers watching the club's quarter final clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

Paramedics desperately tried to resuscitate him but were unable to start his heart working by itself again until he reached London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, east London, at 8pm.

He remains in a critical condition and is anaesthetised in an intensive care unit at the hospital which is seven miles away from the stadium.

Relatives, including Muamba's brother and fiancee, and colleagues have visited the hospital since he was admitted.

Coyle has attended the hospital twice and chairman Phil Gartside arrived this afternoon flanked by two other men.

Mr Gartside released a statement on the club website saying: "I know Fabrice's family have been overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of kindness, from people visiting the hospital to leave cards to those sending messages and emails."

The chairman extended his thanks to hospital staff and the "global footballing family.

"The staff at the London Chest Hospital have been nothing short of exceptional and I would like to thank them all at this on-going critical time."

He applauded Wanderers' "unbelievable" fans for their support.

He added: "I ask for everybody to keep Fabrice in their prayers and thoughts."

Since the incident, fellow players including Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand, England striker Wayne Rooney and Muamba's team-mate Stuart Holden have taken to Twitter to express their shock.

Tottenham forward Rafael Van Der Vaart, who was on the pitch when Muamba collapsed, wrote: "Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We're all praying for him."

The Trotters midfielder fell to the floor in front of a packed stadium last night.

Shocked players and fans watched in disbelief as the former England under-21 star was treated with a defibrillator for several minutes before being stretchered off wearing an oxygen mask.

World Cup referee Howard Webb abandoned the game and Muamba was treated at the stadium before being taken to hospital, accompanied by Coyle and Wanderers' captain Kevin Davies.


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