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Premier League: Luton captain Tom Lockyer ‘at peace’ with retirement prospect

Luton Town captain Tom Lockyer says he is “at peace” with the prospect of not playing football again – but has not ruled a return to the pitch.

Lockyer, 29, collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during a Premier League game against Bournemouth in December.

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The Wales centre-back had to be resuscitated by medics and has since revealed he was “technically dead” for two minutes and 40 seconds.

He became a father for the first time in March and now says he has reassessed his priorities when considering his future in the game.

Lockyer told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast: “I’ve made no secret saying I would love to return to football, but ultimately it would have to come down to someone who’s a cardiologist or a specialist who has done full research into what has gone on and if it could happen again, because we’ve got a little girl now and she takes priority.

“I would love to play football again, of course I would, it’s my life but if it’s the case that I can’t, then I’m at peace with that as well.

“I played for my country, I’ve played in every league and scored in every league from non-league to the Premier League so it’s not the end of the world.

“At the end of the day, I’ve got my health and that’s the most important thing.”

Lockyer will be watching on as his team-mates take on Everton on Friday in a crucial game in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Hatters are currently 18th, a point adrift of Nottingham Forest with just three games to play.

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