Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

'Blessed': Baby joy for former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba just months after on-pitch collapse

'Blessed': Baby joy for former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba just months after on-pitch collapse

By John McDougall

The pitter-patter of tiny feet will once again be heard in Fabrice Muamba’s household after wife Shauna confirmed she is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

The 24-year-old retired former Bolton Wanderers midfielder and his wife – who married last October – are expecting a new arrival in June.

The baby will be sibling to four-year-old son Joshua and Shauna took to Twitter to announce news of the couple’s impending bundle of joy.

“Thanks for all the lovely well wishes @fmuamba and I are so happy. We've been so blessed and can't wait to meet our new baby,” she said.

The news comes six months after Muamba was forced to retire from professional football following collapsing on the pitch with a cardiac arrest. 

The former England under-21 international collapsed during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last March, his heart stopping for 78 minutes.

Following the events of 2012, friends of the Muamba’s told The Sun they hope the new baby will make 2013 a year to remember for the right reasons.

“They would have been thrilled anyway but given what happened to Fabrice last year, they feel even more blessed and lucky,” one said.

“Both were looking forward to 2013 but this makes it more special.”

Muamba made 148 appearances and scored four times in four seasons at the Reebok Stadium after moving from Birmingham City in June 2008.   

Since retiring, Muamba has worked in football punditry and backed campaigns to increase the prevalence of CPR training and get defibrillators installed in more public places.  

Picture courtesy of @FMuamba, with thanks

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