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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 September 2007, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
I'm lucky to be here, says Clarke
Clive Clarke
Clarke is on loan at Leicester from Premier League Sunderland
Leicester defender Clive Clarke said that he feels lucky to be alive after collapsing at half-time during a game at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Clarke, 27, was admitted to hospital after collapsing during the interval of the Carling Cup tie.

"I know I am extremely fortunate to be here," said Clarke.

"In the light of recent events involving footballers who have suffered heart attacks, I am the real lucky one, because I have survived."

When I was told what had happened, the blood drained from my body

Clive Clarke

The match at the City Ground was abandoned and will now be played on Tuesday 18 September.

Clarke's agent Gary Mellor said the player was treated with a defibrillator in the dressing-room.

Clarke, on loan at Leicester from Sunderland, had regained consciousness by the time he was taken to the nearby Queens Medical Centre in an ambulance.

And Clarke added: "I remember feeling a bit lethargic on the field in the first half, and I was involved in a collision with our goalkeeper Paul Henderson, which led to their goal.

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"I sat quietly in a corner of the dressing room and felt a bit queasy. I can recall Patrick Kisnorbo talking to me, but it wasn't really registering. Then I just passed out.

"When I was told what had happened, the blood drained from my body. I just thought I could have been dead, and that I might never have seen my family again.

"When you think about Sevilla player Antonio Puerta (who collapsed last Saturday and died on Tuesday), it goes without saying that a day won't pass when I don't cherish every moment in my life."



SEE ALSO
Clarke 'improving' after collapse
29 Aug 07 |  League Cup
Clarke collapse ends Forest tie
28 Aug 07 |  League Cup


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