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Football: English club Luton collapses from heart attack mid-match

Football: English club Luton collapses from heart attack mid-match

Tom Lockyer suffered a heart attack during the match between Luton and Bournemouth on Saturday 16th September. The game was stopped on the hour mark.

Luton captain Tom Lockyer collapsed midway through Saturday’s game against Bournemouth in the English Football Championship, an incident that led referee Simon Hooper to permanently stop the match count for 17 days.

Our medical staff confirmed the Hatters captain had suffered a heart attack on the pitch but was responsive by the time he was taken off the stretcher.

He received further treatment inside the stadium for which we once again thank the medical teams from both sides. pic.twitter.com/YCTiHtH5Nx

— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) December 16, 2023

The 29-year-old defender collapsed on the pitch on the hour mark, a worrying scene reminiscent of a similar scare the “Lax” suffered in the Premier League final at the end of last season. The players returned to the locker room while the score was tied at 1-1 on the hour, with the player being attended to by medical teams. The game was then halted.

The club indicated that its captain “suffered a heart attack on the pitch but was unresponsive as he was carried off on a stretcher”. He was shifted to the hospital for further tests.

An illness last May

The British media later assured that the Welsh international was on alert. Lockyer had already collapsed at Wembley in May during a Premier League promotion clash between Luton and Coventry. He then underwent heart surgery.

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