Soccer-Fit-again Eriksen returns to uncertain football future


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 05 Jan 2022

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group B - Denmark v Finland - Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark - June 12, 2021 Denmark's Christian Eriksen during the match Pool via REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Christian Eriksen said on Tuesday he intended to return to football to play for Denmark at the World Cup but his interview with a Danish broadcaster posed many questions, with the playmaker's future still up in the air.

The Dane recently had his contract terminated by Inter Milan after having a heart starter device implanted following his dramatic collapse while playing for his country against Finland at Euro 2020 in Copenhagen.

Such devices are not permitted in Italy and his career there was effectively ended.

The interview, part of which was published by public service broadcaster DR on Tuesday, could be seen as a come-and-get-me plea from the softly-spoken 29-year-old, but his options for a return remain uncertain.

His former team mate Daley Blind had a similar device fitted and is playing at Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch club where the mercurial Eriksen broke through before joining Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and a number of clubs are likely to be in the market for a player of Eriksen's ability.

He is exactly the kind of creative spark needed at Premier League strugglers Newcastle United, who are awash with money after a recent takeover by a Saudi consortium.

Eriksen knows, however, he will have to convince any prospective employer that he is fit enough to play.

"That's really why I feel it's time to get out and do an interview, because I know what I want - I want to play football again," he told DR.

Eriksen looked relaxed as he discussed what the future might hold, and took the opportunity to assure clubs that his heart can be trusted.

"They (the doctors) have said 'fine', said it's good, so everything is stable, which therefore feels like a green light to be able to play football again," Eriksen said.

Virtually his last public gesture was to wave to fans as he was carried from the Parken Stadium pitch on a stretcher, having effectively died, only to be brought back to life.

Never one to court the spotlight, he has stayed out of public view during his rehabilitation until he felt ready to make a return.

Now without a club for the first time in his glittering career, his future in the game is unclear.

"In the world of football, you can never really decide for yourself where you are going," he said.

(Reporting by Philip OConnor; Editing by Toby Davis)

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