Fabrice Muamba: 'My recovery is more than a miracle'

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba says his recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest has been "more than a miracle".

The 24-year-old, speaking to the Sun on Sunday  about the incident for the first time, was 'dead for 78 minutes' after collapsing during last month's game against Tottenham .

"What happened to me was really more than a miracle," he said.

Muamba was 'dead' for 78 mins - Bolton doctor tells BBC Sport's Dan Roan

"On the morning of the game I prayed with my father and asked God to protect me - and he didn't let me down."

Muamba's recovery has been so impressive he was able to return home from hospital last Monday, just over a month since the ordeal.

He has little recollection of receiving treatment on the pitch during the FA Cup game at White Hart Lane, or being taken to London Chest Hospital, but was able to describe the moments shortly before he collapsed.

"I had no pain whatsoever," he said. "No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies. Just an odd feeling that's impossible to explain.

"Then I started to see double. It was almost like a dream.

"I just felt myself falling through the air and then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead," he added.

It is not yet clear whether Muamba will be able to return to playing competitive football.