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Christian Eriksen returns to action after cardiac arrest

Brentford’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen shoots a free kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Brentford and Newcastle United at the Brentford Community Stadium in London on February 26, 2022. AFP

The west London stadium united in cheering Eriksen’s 52nd-minute Premier League debut against Newcastle, an uplifting moment for a player whose world feared the worst when he collapsed in last June.

The replacement had to do with this traumatic day at the European Championship. The player Eriksen came for was Mathias Jensen, who took his place in the Denmark squad when the game against Finland finally resumed despite the star’s distress in hospital with an uncertain fate.

Now, Eriksen has resumed his professional playing career after being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Brentford were already 2-0 up at Newcastle when Eriksen came on with the west London club facing 10 men following a first-half sending off. While Eriksen couldn’t inspire a comeback, he did help limit the damage.

The need for an ICD meant Eriksen had to leave Serie A side Inter Milan due to Italian regulations. But Brentford stepped in to sign the free agent in the January transfer window.

In his own words, Eriksen said he was ‘out of this world for five minutes’ after collapsing on the pitch on matchday two of the European Championship.

Now, after appearing in two warm-up games recently for Brentford without fans, Eriksen has made his competitive return to action – playing at the World Cup in November is his target.

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