'We'll Do Everything Possible'
Steve Round backs Premier League review of medical procedures.
Everton assistant manager Steve Round says Everton will continue to work alongside the Premier League to ensure the best possible health checks for players.
Speaking on Tuesday, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed the organisation would be reviewing their medical procedures in light of Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest during last weekend's FA Cup tie between Tottenham and Bolton.
Muamba, who required cardio-pulmonary resuscitation - CPR - after collapsing on the pitch, is now reported to be breathing independently without a ventilator and responding to questions.
The quick actions of medical staff at White Hart Lane have been praised for saving the 23-year-old's life but Scudamore says the Premier League will be looking to see if any improvements can be made.
"We screen them every pre-season," said Round at Tuesday's pre-match press conference. "It's a mandatory test and we take it very seriously. We get every player right through the whole system in to do all the tests that are available to us.
"Obviously we will look at our own systems and review anything that the FA and the Premier League and the medical people suggest. At the moment, we are happy with what we do, but there is always room for improvement.
"I'm sure now the whole system will be in review to see if they can improve it and make it a little bit better than it already is."
Round confirmed the news of Muamba's fight for life had been met with shock by Everton's players and that the widespread outpouring of support for the midfielder had been echoed within the walls of the Club's training ground this week.
"I think there probably was a little bit of shock and disbelief, and then a bit of realisation that it could possibly happen to them one day," said Round. "The next day, we trained and after the initial talk about the incident, there was overwhelming support towards Fabrice.
"The players wanted to know how they could get in touch, how they could show support and maybe try and help him recover. I think you've seen that throughout the whole of football and that's a good thing, it really is."
Players at Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly asked for immediate heart screening in light of Saturday's incident.
Round said the medical team at Everton had yet to be approached with similar requests but stressed such checks are on offer to players should they want them.
He said: "We've not had anyone at the moment. I can understand that there with them [the Tottenham players] witnessing what they saw and being on the scene. Obviously if the players did come to our medical team asking, they would facilitate that.
"From a Club perspective we obviously wish Fabrice the speediest recovery," Round added. "The signs are looking good from what we've heard and it's great that he is showing signs of recovery, it really is."
Fans inside Goodison for Wednesday night’s Premier League clash with Arsenal will have the opportunity to show their support to Fabrice during a period of applauses shortly before the kick-off.
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