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Lockyer pays first visit to Luton following cardiac collapse

The image shows Tom Lockyer, the Luton Town captain, standing with his teammates at the club training ground after his recovery from a cardiac arrest during a Premier League match. This emotional visit took place on Dec. 21, 2023, and it was Lockyer’s first time seeing his teammates since the incident. Lockyer expressed his joy at being back with the team after his life-threatening experience and having the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted. His manager, Rob Edwards, also shared his thoughts on Lockyer’s visit, describing it as emotional but ultimately positive. Lockyer’s incredible strength and determination are evident in his focus on rehabilitation, especially as he and his family prepare for the arrival of a new baby. This heartwarming story is a reminder of the resilience and spirit of athletes in the face of adversity. Looking ahead, Luton plays against Brighton & Hove Albion at home on Tuesday, and Lockyer’s return is sure to inspire his teammates and fans alike.
On January 29, 2024, at 02:32 PM ET, Luton Town’s team captain, Tom Lockyer, made a poignant appearance at the club’s training ground to visit his teammates as he continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest suffered during a Premier League match last month. The 29-year-old Wales international was released from the hospital on December 21 after having an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) device implanted. He had collapsed during the 59th minute of a subsequent match at Bournemouth on December 16, which was ultimately abandoned.

During his visit, Lockyer expressed his enjoyment at reuniting with his teammates. He stated, “I’ve really enjoyed coming in and seeing all the lads. I haven’t seen them since what happened, so it’s really nice to see them all and be back in the building.”

Manager Rob Edwards reflected on the morning, stating, “It’s been a really good morning. I managed to hold it together but it was emotional. It’s been a really difficult time for his family first and foremost, but for us it was great to see him.”

Edwards also praised Lockyer’s resilience and determination, particularly as he navigates through his rehabilitation process. He noted, “There’s a rehabilitation process but he’s taking it slowly, he’s got a baby on the way and that’s his main focus.”

Luton Town, currently 18th in the league, is scheduled to play against Brighton & Hove Albion at home on Tuesday.

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