Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen set to return to Inter to discuss future

Tom Gott
Christian Eriksen is heading back to Inter
Christian Eriksen is heading back to Inter / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Christian Eriksen is scheduled to return to Inter next week for formal talks over his future in football.

The 29-year-old is recovering well after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Euro 2020. He underwent surgery to fit an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) immediately after being taken to hospital following his collapse during the first half of Denmark's group stage opener with Finland.

He has continued his recovery in Copenhagen since his release from hospital.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen collapsed on the pitch at Euro 2020 / Friedemann Vogel - Pool/Getty Images

According to Sky Italia (via Football Italia), the next step of Eriksen's rehabilitation is a return to Inter for further checks with the club. He will undergo in-depth tests on his health, but an important part of the meeting is to figure out whether Eriksen actually wants to play football again.

The tests will determine whether a return is even a possibility, but Sky Sports News note that Eriksen is still likely to be sidelined for at least six months even if the tests show no major issues.

However, one issue for Eriksen is the Italian FA's reluctance to have him back while he is still reliant on a defibrillator.

“Christian Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy," said technical scientific committee member Francesco Braconaro (via The Athletic). "If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.”

Given Eriksen was hospitalised for six days after his heart stopped on the pitch, it seems pretty unlikely that he will have the defibrillator removed any time soon.

Importantly, it's worth noting that Braconaro's ruling on Eriksen's health is not a football-wide opinion. Dutchman Daley Blind has been playing for Ajax since being fitted with an ICD back in 2019 and was part of Euro 2020 as well.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen's future is up in the air / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images

If Eriksen does want to continue to play for Inter, the Serie A champions may have an uphill battle on their hands to convince the Italian FA to allow the 29-year-old to return, but Inter boss Simone Inzaghi has suggested they will help however they can.

"From the moment I was appointed, I counted on him," Inzaghi said (via VI). "Christian will now be given extensive time to return, the club will help him where possible. He must now take his rest and we are waiting for him here, with open arms."