21 Mar 2012

Premier League to review medical procedures

7:07 am on 21 March 2012

English football's Premier League will review its medical procedures in the wake of Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, remains in intensive care where he spent a "comfortable night" at the London Chest Hospital.

The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has questioned medicals in England but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says the issues will be looked at.

Scudamore says the Premier League had learned from Chelsea keeper Peter Cech's injury in a Premier League match against Reading five and a half years ago in which he sustained a fractured skull.

Chelsea were critical of the time it took for Cech to receive proper treatment, prompting a review of procedures in case of a serious injury to a player.

All Premier League matches now have an ambulance on site specifically for players, as well as specialist doctors and a team of paramedics.

However Manchester City's Mancini said improvements in the Premier League could still be made in the way players are screened for potential heart problems by their clubs.