Eriksen tells teammates he’ll return “in four or five months” in tearful reunion


The midfielder has returned to Inter for the first time since he suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland at Euro 2020

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Crowd roars in tribute of Christian Eriksen at Denmark’s match against Belgium

Christian Eriksen has reportedly told his Inter Milan teammates that he is expecting to return to action in “four or five months”.

The 29-year-old midfielder collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland in June.

But fortunately he has since made a miraculous recovery, and has had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted.

On Wednesday he returned to Inter’s Appiano Gentile training ground for the first time since the traumatic incident, and according to Il Corriere dello Sport he held back the tears as he told his colleagues that he “had been lucky”.



Christian Eriksen made an emotional return to Inter Milan’s training ground on Wednesday
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The report also claims that Eriksen is confident that he can make an extraordinary return to the pitch within five months at the latest.

Inter issued a statement upon Eriksen’s visit which 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.”

Despite Eriksen’s wishes, there is some debate in Italy over whether or not he will be permitted to play in Serie A without first removing his ICD.









Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss, Italian Football Federation member Francesco Braconaro said: “Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy.

“If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.”

Meanwhile, the English referee who took charge of the game between Denmark and Finland, Anthony Taylor, recently opened up about the horrifying incident which took place in front of him.

Speaking at his local club Altrincham after they were one of 2,000 recipients of the Premier League’s Defibrillator Fund, he said: “It makes you realise how precious life can be.

“I was 10 metres away, looking directly at him. There was nobody near him. I could clearly see there was something seriously wrong.



Eriksen embraces his teammate Lautaro Martinez
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“I vividly remember just before we took the teams back inside. A security guy came to me asking permission for his wife to be on the field,’ Taylor added.

“For me, an absolute no-brainer, of course it’s OK.

“When it came to a decision over restarting the game, which is one that has obviously been debated, that was made in full agreement with both sets of players and federations.

“The players had spoken to Christian over FaceTime. Christian had actually said to them that they finish the game.

“It’s certainly been the most challenging situation in my career but it highlights the importance of handling people and emotions.”













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