Fabrice Muamba’s father has revealed that the one of the first things his stricken son said to him as he regained consciousness in hospital was “did we lose the game?”
And when told the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham had been abandoned, the Bolton midfielder asked “why?”, to which his dad replied “because of you”.
The condition of the 23 year-old has improved significantly following his sudden heart attack, to the point where he has been able to speak some words, in both French and English.
Family friend Aime Esalo told The Sun: “He was told the match was called off while the two teams were drawing 1-1. Fabrice asked why they had stopped it and his father said, ‘Because of you’.”
Muamba also asked about his three-year-old son Joshua in his first words after coming round from a coma, it has been claimed.
The player is still in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital but has amazed his manager, Owen Coyle, with the speed of his recovery.
Cardiologists say the long-term outlook will remain unclear for some time, though.
A cousin, who did not want to be named, told the Evening Standard: “His eyes are open and he’s recognising people. I spoke to him yesterday, he’s able to speak. Everything is fine. We thank God for that. He will be back home.”