By Nick Ames
Robin van Persie admits that Fabrice Muamba’s plight has put the game of football into perspective.
The former Arsenal midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham on Saturday and has been in intensive care ever since.
Van Persie is delighted that Muamba’s condition has improved after the shock of last weekend.
“I think the whole of football has had a bit of a reality check,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.
“We're all very passionate about this game, and sometimes we are over passionate about winning a game - me as well - but when something like this happens, we realise what's really important in life, and that's being healthy. When something like this happens, it puts everything in its place.
“This has had a big impact on the whole football world because you know it could happen to anyone. He had heart tests with Arsenal, Birmingham and Bolton - but this came out of the blue. He's a 23 year-old midfielder in the Premier League - that makes him fitter than most.
“It's so shocking, but the good thing is it's made everyone come together, everyone realises 'that could have been me' and the support he is getting is great to see. I hear Bolton have been fantastic too, and my dream is that he can play again for them. He deserves it.
“You saw us all wearing T-shirts for Fabrice Muamba on Saturday, and we're all thinking of him every day here. We care about him and everyone is hoping he can recover.”
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