Premier League - Rovers may cancel Bolton game, Spurs match goes ahead

Mon, 19 Mar 10:40:00 2012

Blackburn manager Steve Kean is happy for next weekend's match at Bolton to be postponed if Wanderers feel they are not ready to play after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on Saturday night.

Football supports Muamba

The Trotters midfielder is in a critical condition in the London Chest Hospital after collapsing on the pitch during the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.

Bolton's Premier League match at Aston Villa on Tuesday has already been postponed and Kean said Rovers would be guided by their Lancashire rivals in terms of Saturday's game at the Reebok Stadium.

"I think the whole footballing world has come together," said Kean. "Whatever we have to do we would only respect what Bolton want us to do next weekend.

"We hope he makes a full recovery but if they need a little bit more time and the game doesn't go ahead then we would respect that from Bolton's point of view."

Tottenham have announced their home game with Stoke City will go ahead as planned on Wednesday night. Many Spurs players were deeply affected by Saturday's events and striker Jermain Defoe has visited the London Chest Hospital.

"What happened on Saturday to Fabrice Muamba was a shock to everyone," manager Harry Redknapp told the club'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.

"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."

Eurosport / PA Sport

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