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EPL: Enock Mwepu forced to retire over heart condition

Brighton midfielder, Enock Mwepu, has been forced to end his football career after being diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.

The 24-year-old fell ill while on a flight to link up with his Zambia team-mates in the international break last month and returned to Brighton to undergo further cardiac tests after a period in hospital in Mali.

A statement from Brighton on Monday morning revealed that Mwepu would have an extremely high risk of suffering a cardiac arrest should he continue playing competitive football.

Club chairman Tony Bloom said, “We are all absolutely devastated for Enock. He and his family have had a traumatic few weeks and while we are just thankful he has come through that period, he has seen such a promising career cut short at such a young age.

“As a club we will give him all the love, help and support we possibly can to make a full recovery, and then as he decides on the next steps in his life.”

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