Christian Eriksen expected to return to Inter next week

Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen will undergo new heart examinations and is expected in Milan next week, easing doubts on his future in the club. During the opening match of Euro 2020 between Finland and Denmark, the Danish footballer suddenly collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of the game. He suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated before being stretchered off the field.

According to various reports, the 29-year-old will undergo new and accurate heart checks upon his return to see if he is still eligible to play. His implantable subcutaneous defibrillator, a device connected to the heart that sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms, casted doubts about his future as the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) do not allow such devices to have had fitted in Italian football.

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen, shortly after he was released from the hospital said that the device is “necessary” for his condition. This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances,” Boesen said. “Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.”

Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian FA’s technical scientific committee, confirmed this in a radio interview. “Christian 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,” Braconaro said. The Nerazzurri are set to have further tests performed by their own medical staff.

The inventor of the wireless subcutaneous defibrillator and president of the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society Riccardo Cappato explained in interview the case of Eriksen, saying that “the problem was serious” “We don’t have all of the information of his medical history to understand what happened, we don’t even have information about the defibrillation that happened on the pitch.”

Eriksen is not the first player to have one implanted, with Ajax’s Daley Blind, whose football career for club and country continued despite having such a device fitted in 2019. Earlier this week, the former Spurs star, who is also a dad of two, was spotted in Copenhagen pushing a pram with girlfriend Sabrina Kvist, their three-year-old son and baby daughter.

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