Fabrice Muamba remains in critical condition

Gary Cahill celebrates scoring for Chelsea by revealing a shirt with the message 'Pray 4 Muamba'

Fabrice Muamba’s heart stopped beating for two hours after collapse.

Fabrice Muamba is still in a critical condition and will remain anaesthetised in intensive care for at least the next 24 hours after he suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham yesterday.

A joint statement from the club and hospital on Sunday at 1100 GMT said: “Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

“As is normal, he remains anaesthetised and will be for at least 24 hours.”

The statement added: “Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to The London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter added: “Shocked to hear about Fabrice Muamba. My thoughts are with him and his family, his club & loved ones at this difficult time.”

Manager Harry Redknapp said: “All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game – everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn’t have been right to carry on.

“Football is the last thing on anyone’s mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family.”

Members of Muamba’s family and his fiancee attended the hospital on Saturday night.

Earlier, the Bolton manager Owen Coyle had thanked fans for their support, adding: “All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time.”

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