Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in a Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland in June. The entire football world mourned the tragic event. The medical care team treated him on the pitch before taking him to the hospital. The medical staff then fitted him with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
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The director of the FIGC, the Italian FA’s technical-scientific committee, Franco Braconaro, has outlined the requirements Eriksen must meet if he is to play in Italy again.
But his fitness must not involve reliance on an ICD heart-starter, Braconaro stated.
“Right now Eriksen could not be eligible to play. If the player’s ICD is removed because the pathology has been resolved, he can return to Inter.”Franco Braconaro | Director, FIGC.
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Eriksen had an ICD to monitor his heart after his cardiac arrest. The device can also act as a defibrillator by sending small, sharp shocks to the heart if it stops beating. It is in place as a safety measure for the Danish international. However, the FIGC not found it enough to allow Christian Eriksen to return to the pitch.
On the other hand, former Manchester United player Daley Blind, who plays for Ajax, was allowed to continue playing after being fitted with an ICD in 2019. Moreover, Blind has backed the Dane on playing football and ensured that it is not the end as he is one of the prime examples out there.