WATCH: Christian Eriksen returns to football field 8 months after suffering cardiac arrest; produces a delightful assist in the friendly game

The midfielder played for around 60 minutes in his side's 3-2 win over Southend United in a contest which was held behind closed doors.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 15 February 2022 11:10 PM

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It was way back on June 12, 2021 when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the Denmark vs Finland game at UEFA Euros. The midfielder had collapsed on the field leaving everyone in state of shock. Fortunately, the players on the field, referee and the medical team at ground did a remarkable job as they reacted very quickly to provide immediate aid, saving the life of Eriksen.

However, it looked like his career was more or less over! There were reports that the Danish footballer had been advised to stay away from the game. His contract with Inter Milan was also terminated since rules in Italy don't allow a player to play with cardiac device implant. It seemed like the end of road for Eriksen but he refused to give up.

He worked on his fitness slowly and steadily and received medical clearances to play again. In a sensational turn of events, Brentford signed him and out of nowhere, Eriksen's dream of Premier League return became a reality.

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As the midfielder celebrated his 30th birthday on February 14 (Monday), he marked the occasion by doing what he loves the most i.e. playing football. Christian Eriksen made his much-awaited comeback on the field by taking part in a friendly game.

He played for around 60 minutes in his side's 3-2 win over Southend United in a contest which was held behind closed doors. Although he came close to scoring a goal on his return, he did produce one delightful assist on the day.

Watch the video here:

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Reflecting on his potential return to a competitive football match just 8 months after suffering a cardiac arrest, Eriksen said, "Of course it is getting closer and closer. I do feel in my head and body that the excitement is coming, the adrenaline is coming more and more towards game time."

"No, if there was any anxiety I wouldn't go back. If I wasn't fully committed and feel like I am trusting of the doctors, trusting of my heart, trusting my ICD in me, then I wouldn't go back. No, I feel 100 per cent secure to go back," he added.


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