Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen, away from the pitch since his impressive cardiac arrest in his country’s first Euro match in June, has resumed training, an Odense club official said on Thursday.
Officially under contract with Inter Milan until 2024, Eriksen, 29, is currently at Odense, where he made his debut and still owns a residence. “Christian Eriksen is using the pitch for his rehabilitation,” said Danish Premier League club communications manager Rasmus Nejstgaard. “He doesn’t train with our team,” he added.
According to Danish daily BT, Eriksen trained with a coach on Wednesday. According to these sources, the midfielder mainly focuses on physical exercises, but also trains with a ball.
“We are very happy that Christian Eriksen is maintaining his form these days on our grounds”, welcomed in the columns of the newspaper the sports manager of the club, Michael Hemmingsen.
Eriksen returned to Italy in August, a few weeks after having a defibrillator implanted, a device to prevent the risk of sudden death.
But seeing him again on a Serie A lawn remains improbable for the moment, as the wearing of a pacemaker is, in Italy, a contraindication to the practice of professional football.
Inter had indicated this summer that his player would “follow the rehabilitation program prepared by specialists in Copenhagen”, but without commenting further on his chances of replaying in Italy.
The most likely, at this stage, is to see Eriksen, if he wishes to continue his career, to go to another country, in a championship allowing the wearing of a defibrillator.
Corriere dello Sport have discussed a possible return to Ajax Amsterdam, where Eriksen made his professional debut (2010-2013). Ajax has a player who also has a cardiac device, Dutch international Daley Blind.
This would allow Eriksen to continue his career, a prospect on which several specialists remained however very reserved this summer.