Former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen hasn’t played for Inter Milan since suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland in June
Inter Milan are preparing to release midfielder Christian Eriksen from his contract, according to reports.
The Denmark international, 29, has not played since suffering a cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2020 match against Finland in June.
Eriksen has since been fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), which can treat people with abnormal heart rhythms.
He isn’t allowed to play in Serie A with the potentially life-saving device, however, and Inter have accepted his future lies elsewhere.
“The player has been temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity in the current season,” confirmed the Italian champions in October.
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“Although the current conditions of the player don’t meet the requirements of achieving sporting fitness in Italy, the same could instead be achieved in other countries where the player could resume competitive activity.”
According to BBC Sport, Inter will terminate the remaining two-and-a-half years on Eriksen’s deal. It’s unclear whether the former Tottenham ace will continue his career elsewhere.
Eriksen is currently training at Danish club Odense Boldklub, where he spent three years as an academy player.
“Eriksen reached out to us and he is now training by himself,” said a spokesperson for OB.
“It’s natural for him since he played here in his youth and lives around the corner. We are very happy to be able to provide training facilities for him.”
Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind was fitted with an ICD in January 2020 and has continued to play for Ajax, where Eriksen started his professional career.
The 31-year-old has featured in the Champions League and represented the Netherlands at Euro 2020 since the procedure.
“The images from Copenhagen – with Christian lying on the grass – had such a big impact on me,” said Blind in June, shortly after Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest.
“Those images were so recognisable to me. It was so real again, this is why it was so emotional for me.
“I had to climb over a big, mental hurdle before I could manage to play the following day for Holland in our first group game.
“All the emotions came out. I am proud of myself that I managed to play for so long in that game. I did it, but it was hard.
“When this happened to me, the whole world was telling me I was finished as a player, that I would not be able to play again.
“Look where I am today. This is why I say to everyone, ‘Leave Christian alone!’
“I felt I was ready and I felt comfortable to return once I got the green light from the doctors in the hospital and the medical staff at Ajax.
“There was no reason why I could not play at the top level again. The most important thing is that you have to feel free in your head.
“I had no fear. I was just incredibly happy that I was allowed to be part of the squad again and to be back in the team.
“Once the doctors tell you that you are OK to play again, you only feel the tension and excitement of playing, not the tension of fear.”
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