Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba said he was "getting stronger every day" following his cardiac arrest as he thanked fans for their support on Wednesday.
Muamba was speaking at the Reebok Stadium before kick-off in the Premier League match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old Zaire-born player collapsed during Bolton's FA Cup match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on 17 March. He spent a month at the London Chest Hospital before he was eventually released on 16 April.
"I'm getting stronger every day," Muamba told the BBC on Wednesday. "I am happy to be back, I was overwhelmed with the support I got and it helps me every single day," added Muamba, who was applauded as he walked onto the pitch. "I've still got six or seven boxes of cards to go through that I haven't opened yet."
The former England Under-21 international was followed by a TV camera as he acknowledged the applause of fans while his fiancee Shauna Magunda took photographs. Muamba arrived at the ground about an hour before kick-off and stopped to speak to reporters.
He told Sky Sports: "I wish I was playing today, obviously my circumstances are not helping at the moment but I'm sure the boys will go out and give their best today."
Muamba then went to take a seat to watch what was a vital match for Bolton in their battle against relegation. "This is a special place, the support has been overwhelming and I am just grateful for that," Muamba added. "I am very happy and very excited for today's game and I am happy that I came today."