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Fabrice Muamba: City send best wishes

Fabrice Muamba and Vincent

Fabrice Muamba and Vincent

Manchester City Football Club sends its sincere best wishes to Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on Saturday night during Bolton’s FA Cup tie at Spurs.

Everyone at the Club is saddened and shocked by the incident during the quarter final and thoughts are with the 23-year-old who is in intensive care in the London Chest Hospital.

The Congo-born star (pictured above with City skipper Vincent Kompany) came through the ranks at Arsenal and has represented England at all levels from under 16s to under 21s. He was at Birmingham before moving to the Reebok.

Muamba was rushed to hospital after being taken from the pitch on a stretcher in the first half of Wanderers visit to Spurs.The match was abandoned after 41 minutes.

Medical staff gave Muamba mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the White Hart Lane pitch and tried to revive him with a defibrillator.

The incident evoked echoes of the loss of Marc-Vivien Foe who played 35 games for the Blues and died whilst playing in a FIFA Confederations Cup match in Lyon, France in June 2003.  The Cameroon international was just 28-years-old and City subsequently retired his number 23 shirt.

“Manchester City knows well the pain such an incident can cause and at this time the Premier League title race takes second place,” said Blues boss Roberto Mancini.

“I have sent a message to Owen Coyle the manager of Bolton and my best wishes go to Fabrice’s family and to his teammates and colleagues at Bolton Wanderers. When something like this happens to such a young man it transcends football and rivalries. We pray for his swift and full recovery.”

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