Inter report Eriksen ‘doing well’ after visit to training ground

Date published: Wednesday 4th August 2021 2:33 - Jason Soutar

Christian Eriksen

Inter Milan have reported that Christian Eriksen is “in excellent physical and mental shape” following a visit to the club’s training complex.

Former Tottenham playmaker Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest whilst representing Denmark at Euro 2020.

The 29-year-old collapsed during the first half of his country’s group match against Finland in Copenhagen in June.


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He received emergency treatment on the field and later underwent a successful operation to have a heart-starter device fitted.

He had been recovering in Denmark but has now been able to visit his club in Italy.

A statement from Inter on Wednesday read: “This morning Christian Eriksen paid a visit to the Suning Training Centre in Appiano Gentile.

“The Danish midfielder met the club directors, the coach, team-mates and all of the staff present. Eriksen is doing well and is in excellent physical and mental shape.

“He will now follow the recovery programme put forward by Danish doctors in Copenhagen, who will also co-ordinate the clinical follow-up. The Inter medical staff will naturally be kept informed and up to date throughout the process.”

Back in June, a leading sports cardiologist said that Eriksen may not play professional football again.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University, said UK football bodies would likely to be “very strict” about allowing him to play again.

Speaking about the incident, Prof Sharma, who worked with Eriksen during his time at Tottenham, said: “Clearly something went terribly wrong.

“But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen?

“This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”

Prof Sharma, who chairs the FA’s expert cardiac consensus group and is a consultant for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), said there were multiple reasons a cardiac arrest could have taken place, such as high temperatures or an unidentified condition.

Prof Sharma added that it would be up to both the player and the club to assess the risks of continuing to play.

“The good news is he will live, the bad news is he was coming to the end of his career, so would he play another professional football game, that I can’t say,” he said.

“In the UK he wouldn’t play. We’d be very strict about it.”

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