Italian media and the technical-scientific committee doubt that Christian Eriksen returns to play for Inter. Eredivisie might be the only option if he decides to continue his career with the ICD implant


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Christian Eriksen gave the whole world a scare this summer. Now he is recovering and seems to be fine, but with the defibrillator installed, Inter midfielder probably will not be able to play in Serie A, according to Franco Braconaro, a member of the FIGC (the Italian FA’s technical-scientific committee).

“Christian Eriksen should not be allowed to play in Italy. If the player has his defibrillator removed, which confirms the elimination of the pathology, he could return to playing for Inter”, Braconaro stated on Radio KissKiss.

The technical-scientific committee, because of the coronavirus pandemic, works under the Italian government and also proposes measures for the development of sports in the country. Now they are analyzing the Eriksen case.

Briefly about Christian Eriksen situation.

– The Danish national squad captain passed out during the match against Finland. The medical team used a defibrillator to save Christian.

– Eriksen was helped by a German resuscitator at the stadium: the Danish doctors were at a loss and did not know what to do in case of cardiac arrest. The midfielder regained consciousness on the field and was immediately hospitalized.

– At the hospital, Eriksen was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which helps to eliminate cardiac arrhythmia.

– On June 18, after successful surgery, Christian was discharged from the hospital. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that with a favourable prognosis, the midfielder could return to the field in a few months.

What’s next for Eriksen?

If Eriksen and his doctors decide to keep the defibrillator and the Dane wants to continue his career, he will have to look for other options. Playing with a defibrillator is not prohibited in the Eredivisie, the championship of the Netherlands. For example, the same device is installed on Daley Blind, who plays for Ajax and the national team. By the way, it was in Amsterdam where Eriksen began his professional career.

As for Blind, in December 2019, Ajax played against Valencia. At one point Daley was dizzy and lay down on the lawn, but he finished the game.

Later Blind was sent for an in-depth medical examination, which revealed myocarditis: inflammation of the heart muscle. Blind underwent surgery: a subcutaneous defibrillator was installed. The computer analyzes the rhythm and, if necessary, transmits an impulse to the heart vessels through electrodes. You can play football with it.

Blind returned to professional sport in February of 2020: he was subbed in at the 77th minute of the cup quarter-final with Vitesse (3-0). Since then he has played 42 games for the club and participated in 4 matches of Euro-2020 with the Netherlands national team. This year Ajax won the championship title for the 35th time, and the odds for the next season are as high as 1.70, so some might consider checking bonuses at The team retained their leaders and has plans to renew the battle for the Champions League title.

This example shows that life and career don’t necessarily end with defibrillator installation. But the decision about the future remains with Eriksen and his family.

The importance of the Eriksen incident.

What happened to Eriksen has already had an impact on world soccer. A group of EPL players and members of the British Parliament appealed to English soccer’s governing bodies to provide defibrillators for all stadiums in the country.

As part of the “Heartbeat” campaign, the group asked the FA and the country’s Professional Footballers’ Association to tax each transfer. The proceeds would be used to buy equipment, fund research and train medical personnel.

Among others, the campaign was supported by Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, ex-footballers Gary Lineker and John Barnes.

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