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French footballer in heart sensation

HEART DEFECT: Jonathan Biabiany

FRENCH WINGER Jonathan Biabiany has become the latest footballer to discover a heart defect that could indefinitely halt his playing career.

The Parma player was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia on September 1 during a routine fitness test just 24 hours after he featured in their 1-0 loss to Cesena.

The disease is the same illness that caused Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba to collapse on the pitch during their game at Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. The former Arsenal player was advised to retire.

The Italian club's sports director Leonardo Spiega told the club's official website: "Jonathan was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia on 1 September. It is the first time we've seen this in any of our fitness tests.

"Consequently, he has undergone several tests and on the basis of these, following consultation with external specialists, we decided he should not play for a limited period of time.

"During this time the player will be monitored and then subjected to further tests before resuming any kind of competition."

Prior to joining Parma, Biabiany had a deal lined up with AC Milan but there are now claims that deal collapsed due to the player having an irregular heartbeat. Although at the time it was suggested that he had failed to agree personal terms. The deal collapsed on September 1.

The 26-year-old has played 187 league games for Parma after two spells on loan with the club; firstly in 2009 for a season and again in 2011 before signing permanently in 2012. He has also played for Inter Milan and Sampdoria.

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