Christian Eriksen faces career conclusion as Inter Milan must sell him

Christian Eriksen faces the possible end of his career after Inter Milan announce they must sell him because he is BANNED from playing in Italy with an implanted defibrillator following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

  • Inter Milan have announced they will have to sell playmaker Christian Eriksen
  • Eriksen isn’t able to play in Serie A because he has an implanted defibrillator
  • The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Denmark at Euro 2020
  • Former Tottenham attacking midfielder Eriksen has not played since that point 

Christian Eriksen is potentially facing the end of his career after Inter Milan revealed they must sell him as he is banned from playing in Italy with an implanted defibrillator.

Eriksen was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020 in June.

Serie A rules prevent players from playing in competitive games with a defibrillator, meaning an Inter exit is almost certain, but Eriksen could theoretically continue his career in another country. 

Ajax defender Daley Blind, for example, was also fitted with an ICD after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation, but has continued playing for the Eredivisie champions, as well as internationally for Holland.

The sight of Eriksen stricken on the pitch shocked the world during the European Championship tournament this summer. Denmark players surrounded Eriksen so that he couldn’t be seen while he was resuscitated on the pitch.

Captain Simon Kjaer, who comforted Eriksen’s partner Sabrina, and English referee Anthony Taylor were praised for their swift and empathetic response to the tragic events. 

Inter Milan will have sell Christian Eriksen as he can’t play with an implanted defibrillator

Eriksen was fitted with an ICD after having a cardiac arrest playing for Denmark at Euro 2020

Former Tottenham attacking midfielder Eriksen had lined up for his country against Finland

But images of his collapse shocked the world, with team-mates around him to give him privacy

As reported by goal, an Inter statement read: ‘With reference to the registration rights of Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury occurred during the European Championships in June 2021, (he) was temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity for the current season.

‘Although the current conditions of the player are not such as to allow the achievement of sporting fitness in Italy, the same could instead be achieved in other countries where therefore the player could resume competitive activity.’  

During the game against Finland, Eriksen collapsed suddenly with no one near him and was then taken to hospital.

A giant ‘Eriksen 10’ shirt displaying his name was shown at the tournament to support him

Fans of all different teams chanted songs and held banners to show solidarity with Eriksen

Eriksen was released from hospital following six days of treatment, which included him being fitted with an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator).

The ICD is connected to the heart by wires and sends an electrical pulse in order to correct irregular rhythms. 

Although Blind was fitted with a pacemaker after complaining of dizziness in a Champions League match against Valencia in December 2019, he subsequently collapsed in a friendly against Hertha Berlin in August 2020.

However, he has generally enjoyed a safe return to top-level football. Others are not so lucky: Fabrice Muamba retired from football after collapsing on the pitch while playing for Bolton. 

Eriksen was part of the Inter Milan side which won the Serie A championship last campaign

He met team-mates at an August training camp but it looks like he will have to leave the club

If Eriksen was to leave Inter then it is possible that he could return to Tottenham, who he played for between 2013 and 2020, with Ajax, another of his former clubs, an alternative destination. 

Eriksen has made 60 appearances for Inter, scoring eight goals. He was part of the side that won the Serie A title last season.

Although Eriksen’s Inter contract runs until the summer of 2024, it appears that he may have to leave the club before then. 

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