Muamba’s family: Midfielder faces long recovery



LONDON (AP) — Fabrice Muamba’s family says the stricken midfielder still faces “a long period of recovery” from his on-field cardiac arrest.

The Bolton player remains at London Chest Hospital, where he was taken on Saturday after collapsing just before halftime of the FA Cup quarterfinal at Tottenham. Medics worked on him for 78 minutes to get his heart beating on its own. On Monday, he was talking to doctors.

Muamba’s father and fiancee released a statement Friday, saying “even though Fabrice has made great progress over the last couple of days, he is still in intensive care and still has a long period of recovery ahead.”

Marcel Muamba and Shauna Magunda thanked fans, soccer players and medical staff.

Players across Europe have worn T-shirts expressing their support for Muamba, which read “Get Well Soon Fabrice.”