Sunderland players leave tribute for ill Bolton midfielder Muamba

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SUNDERLAND players left a touching tribute to seriously-ill Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba.

The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during a game at the weekend.  Members of the Black Cats squad visited Bolton’s Reebok Stadium ahead of last night’s game at Blackburn Rovers to leave a club shirt with “Get well soon Muamba” printed on the back.

Muamba, 23, collapsed in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final match at Tottenham Hotspur.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham tweeted after the team’s visit to leave the shirt: “Just been to lay shirt down for fab, some great support from fans all over the country, all of our wishes and support go to him.”

Wickham’s team-mate David Meyler wrote: “For everyone who has asked, the whole team and staff have signed a top for Fab.

“We’ve left it at the stadium.”

Doctors confirmed that Muamba has now started to recognise family members and respond to their questions.

Those visiting the former Arsenal and Birmingham City player over the past few days have included Spurs striker Jermain Defoe and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

A joint statement released by London Chest Hospital and Bolton Wanderers read: “Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and is continuing to show signs of improvement.

“He is now able to breathe independently, without the aid of a ventilator and he is able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately.

“These are positive signs of progress.

“However, his condition remains serious and our medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him.”

Muamba’s fiancée, Shauna Magunda, who has a young son with the footballer, thanked people for their support.

She tweeted: “All your prayers are working people, thank u so so much.

“Every prayer makes him stronger.

“To God be the glory.”

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