Premier League side Brighton Hove Albion have confirmed that their midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced into early retirement after he was diagnosed with a hereditary heart problem.
The 24-year-old Zambian international is understood to have fallen ill while on a flight to link up with his teammates during the international break and returned to Brighton for further medical tests.
The Roberto De Zerbi-coached side released a statement on Monday confirming the decision and indicated that the player risked suffering a cardiac arrest should he continue playing football.
While taking to his Twitter account, the midfielder expressed his regrets about the decision he was making but was indebted to those who had made his journey a success.
"Some dreams however have to come to an end, so it's my sadness that I announce the need to hang up my boots because of the medical advice I have received. This is however not the end of my involvement in football. I plan to stay involved in some capacity." Mwepu said.
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