Christian Eriksen’s heart condition could put a stop to his Serie A career as the league health and safety rules prohibit players with defibrillators from taking to the pitch.
Eriksen is currently recovering from the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020, which led to heart-breaking scenes in Denmark’s opening game against Finland.
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer performed CPR and put his teammate Eriksen into the recovery position until he could receive first aid from the medical staff. Eriksen was soon rushed to hospital where he was fitted with a heart-starting defibrillator.
He was discharged from the hospital within a week, but it remains unclear when or if he will play football again.
Francesco Bracconaro, who serves on the Italian FA’s technical-scientific committee, has shed some light on Serie A’s rules for players in Eriksen’s position.
He explained on radio station Kiss Kiss Napoli that Italian football’s ‘conservative guidelines’ mean that Eriksen won’t be able to play for Inter until he has his defibrillator removed.
“In Italy we have very conservative guidelines regarding the health of players. Christian Eriksen cannot be eligible [to play in Serie A],” said Bracconaro.
“If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter.”
According to 90min.com, defibrillators and pacemakers can be removed, but the procedure is rare and risky. Doctors would only sanction a removal in Eriksen’s case if they were 100% sure his cardiac arrest was an isolated incident, and it seems likely to be a while before that happens.
It’s possible we’ll see Eriksen play again, but Inter teammate Stefan de Vrij has called for patience, saying he ‘needs time’ before a potential return is on the table.
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By FARPost Reporter