Lockyer: I literally died after heart stopped for two minutes and 40 seconds

Luton captain Tom Lockyer said he “literally died” after his heart stopped for two minutes and 40 seconds during his harrowing on-pitch cardiac arrest.

The 29-year-old Welshman, speaking at length for the first time since he collapsed in the 59th minute of the abandoned Premier League game against Bournemouth in December, admitted it is "out of his hands" if he will ever play again.

Lockyer was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator after he was hospitalised for five days.

Reliving the incident, Lockyer, who also suffered a collapse during May's Championship play-off victory against Coventry, told Sky Sports: "I literally died but I have been numb to the whole thing since.

"It was just a normal day, and that was the most worrying thing because I felt completely fine.

"I have been looking for answers since but I have not been able to find any because it was just another day at the office.

"I was running towards the halfway line and I went really light-headed. I thought I'd be okay in a second but I wasn't.

"I woke up and the paramedics were there. I knew instantly it was different to my collapse in May. Last time it felt like I woke up from a dream, and this time I woke up from nothingness.

"I could see there was more panic and I was a bit disorientated. I couldn't speak, I couldn't move. I was trying to work out what was happening, and I remember thinking, 'I could be dying here'.

"It was a surreal thought to to have, not being able to respond, and you can see the panic going on."