Christian Eriksen goes to Inter training ground for first time since collapse

Christian Eriksen has returned to the Internazionale training ground for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.

The midfielder collapsed during his country’s opening game against Finland on 12 June and received life-saving treatment on the pitch. On Wednesday he visited his clubmates at the Italian champions’ Suning Training Centre.

“The Danish midfielder met the club directors, the coach [Simone Inzaghi], teammates and all of the staff present,” a note on the club website said. “Eriksen is doing well and is in excellent physical and mental shape.

“He will now follow the recovery programme put forward by Danish doctors in Copenhagen, who will also coordinate the clinical follow-up. The Inter medical staff will naturally be kept informed and up to date throughout the process.”

The 29-year-old had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted following his collapse, a type of pacemaker which can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm.

The future of his playing career remains unclear, though, because he will not be allowed to play in Italy unless the device is removed. “Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy,” Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian Football Federation’s technical scientific committee, told Radio Kiss Kiss in July. “If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.”

Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Wednesday that Eriksen would undergo tests to determine whether he can have the ICD removed, with results expected in seven to 10 days.