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Memory Lane for Michael Watson

MOMENT OF HORROR: Muamba receives attention on the White Hart Lane pitch as Watson (right) wishes him well

FORMER BOXER Michael Watson has told the Voice of Sport that he has stricken footballer Fabrice Muamba in his thoughts and prayers.

Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green, east London, after suffering a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on March 17.

White Hart Lane is the common denominator for both Muamba and Watson as it was on September 21, 1991 at the same north London venue that referee Roy Francis stopped Watson’s bout against Chris Eubank in round 12, after which Watson collapsed in the ring.

Watson received treatment in a hospital neurosurgical unit and then spent 40 days in a coma and had
six brain operations to remove a blood clot.

He spent over a year in intensive care and rehabilitation and six more years in a wheelchair.

Muamba also faces a long road to recovery. Both sets of medical teams attended to the midfielder after 42 minutes of the match. The player was given CPR in a bid to revive him.

Watson told the Voice of Sport: “I’m deeply touched. Please give all my love not just to him [Muamba] but his family too.

“The incident brings back lots of memories for me. I hope and pray that all works out well.”

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