Christian Eriksen joins Brenftord, returns to football after Euro 2020 collapse

Christian Eriksen makes a remarkable comeback as he signs with Premier League side Brentford until the end of the current season. The 29-year-old hasn’t played in any game since suffering a cardiac arrest against Finland during the opening match of Euro 2020 football matches. He has been a free agent for quite some time after Inter terminated as Italy prohibits players with an implanted heart device.

“I am looking forward to working with Christian again. It has been a while since I last coached him, and a lot has happened since then,” said Brentford boss Thomas Frank, who worked with Eriksen while in charge of Denmark’s Under-17s earlier in their careers. “I expect him to have an impact in the dressing room and at the training ground.” He added that signing Eriksen is “an unbelievable opportunity”.

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. The incident required him to wear an implanted defibrillator, a device connected to the heart that sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.

“In order to respect Christian’s medical confidentiality, we won’t be going into any details. Brentford fans can rest assured that we have undertaken significant due diligence to ensure that Christian is in the best possible shape to return to competitive football,” Brentford Director of Football Phil Giles said, revealing that the transfer process for Eriksen was “more elongated than most” signings

The Danish will become the first known professional footballer to play with an ICD in the English top flight. “He is fit but we will need to get him match fit and I am looking forward to seeing him work with the players and staff to get back towards his highest level,” Frank added. The west London team is currently in 14th place of the league table, eight points above the relegation zone.

Previously, Eriksen spent six and a half seasons with Tottenham before joining Inter in January 2020 and made 60 appearances in all competitions before the incident, scoring eight goals. He will also be reunited with his former Inter coach Antonio Conte, who currently manages his former team Tottenham. Brentforf will travel to leaders Manchester City on February 9.

Eriksen also aims to make a comeback in order to play for Denmark at the 2022 World Cup in December. The playmaker has won 109 caps for his country, and has signed a contract which ran until the summer of 2024. Denmark went on to earn a spot at Qatar 2022 by topping its qualifying group.

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