Christian Eriksen returned to Inter’s training ground for the first time since his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 in Denmark’s debut match against Finland.
In troubling scenes in June, Eriksen underwent CPR after collapsing on the pitch, as his teammates formed a protective screen around him, before subsequently receiving successful heart surgery.
Eriksen, 29, was then equipped with a pacemaker before returning home to recover in Denmark, where he underwent a series of further medical tests to find out the reason for the cardiac arrest.
The former Tottenham midfielder visited Inter Milan’s training ground on Wednesday and the 2020-21 Scudetto winners said they were in “excellent physical condition”.
A statement published on the official website of the club reads: “Eriksen, who greeted managers, coaches, teammates and all the staff present, is well and in excellent physical and mental condition.
Eriksen will follow the recovery program proposed by the Danish doctors in Copenhagen, who will coordinate all the clinical follow-up and will always keep the Inter medical staff informed. “
Christian Eriksen in Appiano: meeting with his teammates and update on the condition https://t.co/RtYU5OatHU
– Inter (@Inter_it) August 4, 2021
If Eriksen wanted to return to Inter, however, he would have to have the ICD removed – a device connected to the heart to regulate abnormal rhythms – due to Italian restrictions that prevent people from playing contact sports with such devices in operation.
Other European countries, however, do not follow the same protocols seen in the example of Daley Blind, who continued to appear regularly for Ajax after he was given an ICD in 2019.
Eriksen joined Inter, who opened his new season against Genoa on August 21, in January 2020 and made 26 appearances in the Scudetto season.