Bolton midfielder Muamba makes playing return on holiday

The 24-year-old took part in a game which broke out at his hotel, marking the first time he has kicked a ball since his near-fatal cardiac arrest during a match in March

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has revealed he made a small comeback to playing action whilst on holiday with his fiancee.

The Congo-born Trotters man suffered a cardiac arrest in March during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane and was only revived after his heart had stopped for 78 minutes.

And, though he is yet to return to training with the Lancashire side, Muamba revealed that the chance to have a kickabout during a recent break was too good to turn down.

He told CNN World Sport: "I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well.

"The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitors so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football. I was like 'ah really?' and I was like 'yeah' and there's me thinking maybe I should try.

"Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and [fiance] Shona. I told her 'I am sorry but I am going to play football'. She goes 'are you sure?' and I say 'yes' and I just went in there."

The 24-year-old went on to compare the small game to a training exercise and expressed his desire to make a full return in the near future.

 "It was just to get back into the groove and to get back into momentum," he added.

"It was just playing like I was training. It was great, I enjoyed it.

"I just hope to God that I can get in there myself, with the 11 players on the pitch and to play would be fantastic."