Christian Eriksen is highly unlikely to play football again after he appeared to suffer a heart attack in Denmark’s Euro 2020 fixture with Finland, writes the Mirror.
That’s the verdict of a leading sports cardiology professor who worked alongside the midfielder at Tottenham, with strict protocols in place to prevent him taking to the pitch in future.
Eriksen’s terrifying ordeal occurred in the first half of the Group D fixture in Copenhagen on Saturday, with the 29-year-old rapidly treated by medics where he lay having collapsed to the ground.
The Inter Milan star was subsequently rushed to hospital, where his condition stabilised and he was able to call his teammates and urge them to resume the match, which Finland won 1-0.
While Eriksen “will live”, no reputable medical practitioner would allow him to play again, according to professor Sanjay Sharma, who chairs the FA’s expert cardiac consensus group.
He told the PA news agency: “Clearly something went terribly wrong. But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen?
“This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”
Sharma added: “I’m very pleased. The fact he’s stable and awake, his outlook is going to be very good.
“I don’t know whether he’ll ever play football again.
“Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die and would the medical professional allow him to die again? The answer is no.
“The good news is he will live, the bad news is he was coming to the end of his career, so would he play another professional football game, that I can’t say.
“In the UK he wouldn’t play. We’d be very strict about it.”
Former England Under-21 international Fabrice Muamba suffered a similar collapse to Eriksen while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.
Muamba hoped to resume his playing career, but he retired five months later at the age of 24 on the advice of healthcare experts.
“The cardiac arrest is a moment of extreme peril,” Sam Mohiddin, one of Muamba’s doctors, told the BBC.
“If you don’t get someone out of cardiac arrest things are over. You will not survive. The ongoing risk to an individual to an extent depends on the precise cause of that cardiac arrest.”
While it has not been confirmed Eriksen underwent a heart attack, everything points to the playmaker having suffered a cardiac arrest, as he required resuscitation on the pitch.
Should he be unable to play again, as is expected, the Dane will retire having enjoyed a glittering career at the top of the European game.
Eriksen came through the ranks with Ajax before spending six-and-a-half seasons with Spurs. He joined Inter last year and won Serie A with the Italian giants this campaign.