Inter Milan have said that Christian Eriksen is not allowed to play in Italy this season following the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020.
The 29-year-old midfielder was fitted with a defibrillator (ICD) after he collapsed while playing for Denmark during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland on June 12.Embed from Getty Images
Inter said Eriksen was in “excellent physical and mental shape” during a visit to the club’s training ground in August ahead of planned medical tests to see whether he could continue his playing career.
In a club statement on Thursday, Inter Milan said: “With reference to the registration rights of the player Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury which occurred during the European Championship in June 2021, the player has been temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity in the current season.”
Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian Football Federation’s technical scientific committee, said in August that Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy unless the ICD device is removed.Embed from Getty Images
Inter also said Eriksen could be allowed to continue his career abroad this season.
“Although the current conditions of the player don’t meet the requirements of achieving sporting fitness in Italy, the same could instead be achieved in other countries where the player could resume competitive activity.”
It is unclear whether other countries would allow Eriksen to participate in their respective leagues with the ICD device.
Ajax’s former Manchester United defender Daley Blind was also fitted with an ICD after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation, but the 31-year-old has continued playing for the Eredivisie champions and the Netherlands national team.
Eriksen spent six and a half seasons with Tottenham, playing in their Champions League final loss to Liverpool in 2019, before joining Inter in a £16.9m transfer in January 2020.Embed from Getty Images
He played in the Europa League final later that season as Inter lost to Sevilla and then helped them win Serie A in 2020-21.