Christian Eriksen could continue his career in England if he passes a sports cardiologist evaluation … after Inter Milan claimed they must sell him as he is banned from playing in Italy with an ICD.
- Inter Milan announced that they will have to sell their playmaker Christian Eriksen
- Eriksen cannot play in Serie A because he has an implanted defibrillator
- He suffered cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark in their first Euro match.
- But Eriksen could continue his career by sealing a return to England.
- To do this, the 29-year-old would have to undergo an evaluation by a sports cardiologist.
Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen could be allowed to resume his football career in England if he passes the evaluation of a sports cardiologist acting on behalf of the Football Association.
The 29-year-old has not played since he suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opening match with Finland on June 12.
Eriksen collapsed during the first half of the match in Copenhagen and required a defibrillator to be used on the field before being transferred to a local hospital where he was eventually declared to be in stable condition.
Six days later, the former Tottenham midfielder was fitted with an implantable automatic defibrillator, a kind of pacemaker, which prevents him from playing in Italy.
There, athletes cannot compete with an implanted cardiac defibrillator according to the protocol of the Cardiology Organizing Committee for Sports Fitness, last updated in 2017.
While Inter or Eriksen have not decided anything about his future, if the Danish international wants to return to action, it seems that he will have to join a league where he can play with an ICD, which is also the case with the Ajax defender, Daley Blind. , and the Premier League could be an option.
Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen could be allowed to resume his football career in England
With regard to Christian Eriksen’s game in England, it is impossible to comment on his individual circumstances without knowing his condition and the risks associated with it. As always, any assessment would be individual, ”an FA spokesperson told the Palestinian Authority news agency.
“In England, any player who has an abnormal heart screen or who develops a heart problem would be evaluated by a sports cardiologist.
“We would expect the sports cardiologist to be a member of the AF Cardiac Consensus Panel, a group of experienced sports cardiologists who advise AF on these issues and provide consultation and screening expertise for our cardiac screening programs in the professional soccer.
Eriksen has been equipped with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, a type of pacemaker
Has not played since suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 first match
‘This would also be done in partnership with the team doctor who usually cares for them. The cardiologist would look at the individual circumstances and risk surrounding the player and make a decision as to whether the player could continue playing or should stop. ”
Any advice offered based on the results would be done with the player’s “personal safety” in mind, with the FA monitoring around 1,500 cardiac tests in professional soccer per year.
While no player has been sent off due to a cardiac test, any participant would be aware of the risks they run if they continue to play.
Eriksen spent seven seasons in England with the Spurs before joining Inter in 2020, where he helped them win Serie A last season, but will have to leave the San Siro to continue playing or have his ICD removed.
If he wants to come back, it looks like he will have to join a league where he can play with an ICD.
Nothing has been decided on Eriksen’s long-term future, but the Premier League is an option
“The FA would not prohibit someone from playing based on a heart screen,” an FA spokesman continued.
“Any risk is for the player himself and not for others on the field, so it is an individual decision that the player makes with the support and advice of those responsible for his personal medical well-being.
“In Italy, there is a long-standing national cardiac screening policy that covers all sports participation and does not allow participation in a case of increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. This has not been adopted in other countries, including the UK ”.