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Italian federation bars Christian Eriksen from playing with defibrillator implant

The Denmark midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen [File] Christian Eriksen | Official Twitter handle

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has been barred from playing for his Italian club Inter Milan this season because of the cardiac arrest he suffered while playing for his country at the Euro 2020.

Since the incident, Eriksen has had a defibrillator implanted and the club released a statement saying that Italian Football Federation rules do not allow players to participate with such equipment.

This means that Inter could let Eriksen leave the club and pursue his career in other countries where he would be allowed to play while wearing the defibrillator.

“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,” said reigning Italian champions Inter Milan.

“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.”

Eriksen’s contract with Inter ends in 2024 but it is unclear which domestic leagues would allow Eriksen to play with the device fitted. Dutch club Ajax and his former team Tottenham Hotspur in the English league had showed interest over the summer.

Responding to the statement, Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots told Goal.com that the 29-year-old is in good shape to continue his career.

“Christian is doing well. He is spending a lot of quality time with his family. He is in good shape.”

At the Euro 2020, Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest during his team’s opening match against Finland. Play was halted and he had to receive life-saving treatment. Though he has recovered since then, he has not begun training.

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