Fabrice Muamba makes emotional return to Bolton

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Bolton's Fabrice Muamba wipes tears from his eyes as he returns to The Reebok Stadium before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham, in Bolton, England, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The 24-year-old has made a remarkable recovery since collapsing during the FA Cup tie between the same two teams at White Hart Lane on March 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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BOLTON, England (AP) — Fabrice Muamba has made an emotional return to Bolton, waving tearfully to fans from the field less than seven weeks after his on-field cardiac arrest.

The midfielder was introduced to a standing ovation ahead of Bolton's Premier League match against Tottenham, the team he was playing when he collapsed.

Muamba says "I wish I was playing today."

After greeting the crowd, Muamba made his way to the stands to support his team.

Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes on March 17 but the intervention of a cardiologist, who left his seat among Tottenham fans to treat him, helped saved his life.

He was discharged from a London hospital on April 16.

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