Former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest and almost died playing at Tottenham Hotspur last March, is going to become be a father again.
Muamba became a household name when he remarkably made a full recovery after his heart stopped beating for 78 minutes and his inspirational story has continued with the news that he and partner Shauna are expecting their second child less than a year after his ordeal.
The Sun revealed the news quoting a friend as saying: "The baby is due in June. They would have been thrilled anyway but given what happened to Fabrice last year, they feel even more blessed and lucky.
"Both were looking forward to 2013 but this makes it more special."
Muamba, 24, already has a four-year-old son Josh with Shauna and Josh is said to be "overjoyed at the prospect of a brother or sister."
Muamba arrived in England as a refugee from DR Congo at the age of 11 and joined Arsenal's youth academy in 2002. He made two appearances for the Gunners before joining Birmingham, initially on loan, in the summer of 2006.
A permanent move followed the next year when Muamba joined the Blues for £4 million but Bolton moved in the summer of 2008 and brought him to the Reebok Stadium for a fee of £5m.
Muamba made 148 appearances for Bolton, scoring four times.
However, he announced his retirement from football last August after receiving medical advice from experts in Belgium.
He said at the time: "While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for. I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible. I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time."