Christian Eriksen has decided to play again after surviving a cardiac arrest episode six months ago at Euro 2021, and has made a return to the Premier League, signing for Brentford.
Eriksen wished to make a return to European soccer, but had limited options due to his medical condition and his time off from the game.
Still, there’s no doubting Eriksen’s talent, and a six-month trial period with a Premier League club is a perfect environment to get back into the sport at a competitive level.
His time at Brentford in the short-term won’t be a cake walk, as the Bees are in a relegation battle and need Eriksen’s free-flowing style to inject life into their attack. It will be interesting to see how
Thomas Frank looks to integrate the Danish international, who is best in possession on the ball creating chances, into his counter-attack tream .Saturday’s clash away at Arsenal may come too soon for Eriksen to make his sensational return to football following last year’s cardiac arrest, although some involvement at the Emirates has not yet been ruled out.
Last week, Eriksen told BBC Sport it feels like a miracle to be able to resume his career after he collapsed while playing at Euro 2020 last summer.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, Eriksen insisted his heart will be the safest on the pitch when he finally returns, because he has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) fitted, which responds to life-threatening rhythms and can shock to reset the heart-rate and prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Having not played a competitive fixture since the Euros last summer, the task for Frank and his coaching team will be to manage the player’s fitness as they look to get him up to speed in a swift, but responsible way.
He said: “I’m taking it one day at a time and seeing how I feel. Every day it gets easier and easier to join in with the level of intensity, running-wise and technical-wise. “[My debut] it won’t be far off. Let’s see what happens.
“With this [device], you are more safe than anyone else. It was pretty early in the hospital I was told that, with an ICD there are no limits.
“My first target is to get back to full fitness, be able to play a Premier League game, and play as many minutes as possible to show and prove I can still play football in a good way. Then I want to help Brentford stay in the league.”
We all remember those horrific scenes last summer when the Denmark international suffered a cardiac arrest to put the Euro 2020 competition into real perspective.
While he’s been without a club in recent months after leaving Inter Milan, the focus will soon be on his debut for Thomas Frank’s side.
Christian Erikson Denmark international, turned 30 on the 14th February and has arrived in West London to begin his life as a Brentford player. After introductions and a training session at Jersey Road, Christian headed over to the Brentford Community Stadium for his first look at his new home.
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