He’s still got it! Christian Eriksen smashes a free-kick into the top corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance… as free agent steps up recovery after Euro 2020 cardiac arrest after revealing he wants to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- Playmaker Christian Eriksen has been continuing his work on the training pitch
- He showed he’s still got it by whipping in a quality free-kick into the top corner
- Ex-Inter Milan and Spurs star has been honing his skills at Swiss club Chiasso
- Eriksen is a free agent after the Serie A giants terminated his contract last month
Christian Eriksen has been continuing his work on the training pitch and showed he’s still got it by whipping in a quality free-kick into the top corner.
The former Inter Milan and Tottenham star has been honing his set-piece skills at Swiss club Chiasso after being released by the Serie A side following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
The playmaker uploaded a video onto his Instagram page on Tuesday of himself leaving the goalkeeper with no chance with a pinpoint free-kick from outside the 18-yard box.
Christian Eriksen has been continuing his work on the training pitch and showed he’s still got it
Eriksen is a free agent after Inter terminated his contract last month with the midfielder unable to play with a defibrillator fitted.
The 29-year-old hopes to resume his career after suffering a cardiac arrest playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020 in the summer.
He recently revealed he aims to play for Denmark at this year’s World Cup less than seven months after he collapsed on the pitch.
Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium last summer before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
He has not played competitively since suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland on June 12 last year (above)
Eriksen, 29, was in hospital receiving treatment for six days before being released back in June
The ICD is connected to the heart by wires and sends an electrical pulse in order to correct irregular rhythms.
Rules in Italy state that people with a defibrillator like Eriksen has are not allowed to play contact sport. But the 29-year-old could theoretically continue his career in another country, with different rules.
His representative Martin Schoots told Sportsmail: ‘It is going really well for Christian. He had all the medical checks just before Christmas and the results were so good that we expect him to be involved in a group training with a team some time later in January.
‘But I would prefer Christian to talk about this himself and he will do so very soon.’
The 29-year-old’s contract with Serie A giants Inter Milan was terminated in December
Eriksen hopes to resume training with a European club in January. He has had interest from the Premier League, as well as from clubs in Denmark and Holland.
Speaking for the first time since the events of last summer, Eriksen made clear he expects to return to top-level football.
Asked about his football plans, Eriksen said in an interview with Danish outlet DR: ‘My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play.
‘That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing. But it’s my dream to come back.
‘I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in top shape. That’s been my goal and it’s still some time away, so until then I’m just going to play football and prove that I’m back at the same level.’
Footballers with defibrillators
Anthony van Loo, Roeselare: The Belgian defender was allowed to continue his career after being fitted with a defibrillator. It shocked his heart back into a normal rhythm after suffering cardiac arrhythmia during a match.
He retired in 2018, aged 30, as he felt he could not return to his old performance levels.
Fabrice Muamba, Bolton: Former Arsenal midfielder Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes but he eventually made a recovery.
He retired five months later without having returned to football. He did, however, play 15 minutes in Ian Goodison’s testimonial match.
Daniel Engelbrecht, Stuttgarter Kickers: The striker collapsed on the pitch against Erfurt but returned to the professional game aged 24 after 17 months, against numerous doctors’ advice.
He scored against Wehen Wiesbaden, becoming the first footballer to score with a defibrillator. However, he retired in 2018 to move into coaching when he found out the device had brought him back to life three times.
Daley Blind, Ajax and Holland: Blind was fitted with a pacemaker after complaining of dizziness in a Champions League match against Valencia in December 2019.
He subsequently collapsed in a friendly against Hertha Berlin in August 2020 but has generally enjoyed a safe return to top-level football.
Christian Eriksen, Inter Milan and Denmark: Eriksen collapsed on the pitch at Euro 2020 last summer. Although he has recovered, strict Serie A rules mean he cannot play in Italy and current club Inter Milan must sell him.
He may choose to continue his professional career elsewhere, or retire.
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