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A Fab-ulous reception

Posted: Wed 19 Sep 2012

Former Blues midfielder Fabrice Muamba is greeted by the St. Andrew's crowd

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Former Blues favourite Fabrice Muamba received a rapturous welcome from the fans when he returned to St. Andrew's on Tuesday night as the club's guest of honour.

The 24-year-old was introduced to the crowd at half-time during the npower Championship game between two of his former clubs and received a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.

The former England under-21 midfielder was an extremely popular member of the Blues squad from 2006-08, before leaving to join Bolton for a fee of £5m.

Muamba was forced to retire from football last month as result of the cardiac arrest he suffered on the pitch for Wanderers in an FA cup tie against Tottenham back in March. 

He was obviously touched by the reaction he received, as he told

"It was a fantastic reaction from the fans and I miss them too.

"It was great to be back here to see all the guys because I haven't seen them for a long time.

"This is a place I have very fond memories of and I wish the club all the best and hope they do well this season."

Muamba had taken time out from his wedding preparations to return to St. Andrew's.

"At the moment I'm just enjoying the time with my family and getting ready for my stag do and wedding," he said.

"I'm really enjoying life and I'm also working on a book right now."