Gartside issues Muamba pledge

Sat, 24 Mar 13:58:33 2012

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has confirmed Fabrice Muamba will remain with the club "as long as he wants".

The 23-year-old has made what team-mate Nigel Reo-Coker has described as a "miraculous" recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham a week ago that led to his heart stopping for an incredible 78 minutes.

Bolton are honouring Muamba ahead of Saturday afternoon's Barclays Premier League encounter with Blackburn.

However, Muamba remains in intensive care and the seriousness of what happened last week has brought obvious concerns about whether he will ever play football again.

Clearly it is not a subject that needs to be addressed now. But Gartside has already confirmed Muamba will remain part of the Bolton family, whether he can resume his playing career or not.

"He will be here as long as he wants to be," Gartside told BBC Radio Five Live. "It is all about Fabrice. It is not a football story. It is a Muamba story."


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