Fabrice Muamba has had to call it a day on his playing career but hopefully not on football all together.
In a statement released on Bolton Wanderers official website Fabrice Muamba have informed the football world that he has been advised by his medical team to retire for the sport that he loves. In the statement he took time out to thank all the medical team that has helped him through all the stages of his recovery and thanked all that showed him support.
No doubt the decision will have hurt him, but ones health has to be first and foremost above all things. He will be missed by all that saw him play and that played with him. From Arsenal to Bolton he has always been a fan favourite.
I can only imagine that he will still want stay within the sport in some way or another, maybe an ambassadorial role for Bolton, the Premier League or football in general. Whatever he decides to do, here at f00tballmatters, we wish him and his family all the best in the future and that he has a long and fulfilling life.
Below you will find the statement that was released on Bolton’s website
“Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again.
“As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist.
“But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.
“Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities.
“Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.
“While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for.
“I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me.
“I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible
“I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.”