Tottenham players request heart checks after Fabrice Muamba incident

Spurs players still left in shock after Bolton midfielder collapses in Saturday's FA Cup tie but the club have confirmed that Wednesday's game against Stoke will still go ahead

Tottenham's playing squad have requested for a heart check up following Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane.  

Bolton midfielder Muamba collapsed during the club’s FA Cup quarter-final at Spurs after suffering from a heart attack and was taken to the London Chest Hospital.  

Following the shock of the collapse on Saturday, sports cardiologist Sanjay Sharma revealed that the Tottenham players have requested to have their hearts checked to detect whether they have any long-term heart defects that could affect them in the future.  

"The players have all demanded cardiac screening today," Sanjay Sharma told Sky Sports News.

"That involves taking a history relating to cardiac symptoms, which include chest pain during exertion or breath which is disproportionate to the amount of exercise being performed and blackouts, (and) asking about a family history because many of these conditions that can cause cardiac arrest are hereditary.

"We then perform a cardiac examination and following that we do an ECG (electrocardiogram) which is an electrical tracing of the heart which looks for electric faults of the heart and a cardiac ultrasound which looks at heart muscle problems or problems with the heart values."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp supported the player’s decision to get checked out.

"Fortunately, we already had a cardiologist visiting the training ground today for routine screening, so we are able to offer any player who wishes to be tested for the purpose of reassurance an additional opportunity to be screened," Redknapp said.

The events on Saturday had a considerable affect on the players on the pitch, with some left in tears.

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, spoke of his shock and how he was reminded of fellow Cameroonian Marc-Vivien Foe who died in 2003 after collapsing on the pitch during a game.  

"Saturday was one of those days that will stay with me forever," Assou-Ekotto told the Evening Standard.

"When I saw him lying on the pitch at White Hart Lane, I was scared. Scared for him, scared for his family, his friends and all those people who know him and who care about him.

"I was also scared because he was just like me. He is young, supposedly fit - an athlete - who a few seconds ago was running up and down the same pitch as me. I had flashbacks of what had happened to my countryman, the late Marc-Vivien Foe.

"You want to stop these thoughts but the pictures keep coming into your head and I must say I was scared. Scared as I wondered how it could all just end like that for a young man? I could see the same questions in the eyes of my team-mates, the Bolton players, our bosses and their colleagues."

Tottenham have confirmed that their home game against Stoke on Wednesday will still go ahead although Redknapp understands that some players may need time to get over the incident and insists that the club will assist them in any way they can.   

"What happened on Saturday to Fabrice Muamba was a shock to everyone," Redknapp told Tottenham's official website.

"It is possible that the effects of this could hit some quicker than others and, despite these difficult circumstances, we all have to pull together and carry on with our season.

"We will be providing players with whatever support they need in order to help them move on from what has happened, while obviously always keeping Fabrice at the forefront of our minds and willing him to make a recovery."