Former Inter Milan footballer has implanted a cardiac arrest device following his dramatic collapse at Euro 2020 in Copenhagen.
Christian Eriksen intends to return to football to play for Denmark at the 2022 World Cup, but his interview with a Danish broadcaster has raised many questions, with the player’s future still in the air.
The Dane recently terminated his contract with Inter Milan after having a heart-starter device implanted his follow dramatic collapse while playing for his country against Finland at Euro 2020 in Copenhagen last June.
Such devices are not allowed in Italy and his career there has effectively ended.
“My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar,” Eriksen said in an interview with Danish Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.
“Whether I can be selected is something completely different … but … I can come back.”
His former team-mate Daley Blind had a similar device fitted and played at Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch club where the mercurial Eriksen broke through before joining Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and a number of clubs are likely to be in the market for a player of Eriksen. ability.
However, Eriksen will have to convince any prospective employer that he is fit enough to play.
“That’s really why I feel it’s time to go out and do an interview, because I know what I want – I want to play football again.”
Eriksen looked relaxed as he discussed what the future might hold, using the opportunity to assure clubs that his heart could be trusted.
“They [the doctors] said ‘fine’, said it’s good, so everything is stable, so it feels like a green light to be able to play football again, “said Eriksen.
His last public gesture was to wave to fans as he was carried on a stretcher from the Parken Stadium field, after effectively dying, only to come back to life.
He remained out of the public eye during his rehabilitation until he felt ready to make a return.
Now without a club for the first time in his illustrious career, his future in the game is unclear.
“In the world of football, you can never really decide for yourself where you’re going,” he said.
After his crash, Denmark’s team doctor said Eriksen’s heart stopped and that “he was gone” before being resuscitated with a defibrillator.
“He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back to one defib [defibrillation], ”Dr Morten Boesen said at a news conference last June.