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Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen is reportedly set to return to Italy next week for further tests – just two months after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Danish midfielder collapsed during Denmark’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Finland back in June.
Eriksen was resuscitated on the pitch in Copenhagen before later being fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).
His playing future has been unclear since, with recent comments from Franco Braconaro, the Italian FA’s technical-scientific director, giving the impression a return to playing in Serie A was unlikely.
Italy has strict protocol on players playing with heart abnormalities.
Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia are now reporting that Eriksen is due back in Milan next week.
The former Tottenham man is set to undergo further testing, including new and accurate heart examinations, in Italy to determine what caused his cardiac arrest at the Euros.
Those medical tests will prove pivotal in deciding Eriksen’s future and if he can resume playing for Inter – who he helped to their first Scudetto in 11-years last term.
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That looked doubtful earlier this month, when Braconaro commented on Eriksen’s situation, seemingly indicating that he wouldn’t be permitted to play with an ICD fitted.
He explained: "Right now, Eriksen could not be eligible to play. If the player’s ICD is removed because the pathology has been resolved, he can return to Inter."
Any tests done to determine whether or not an individual can play football are actually performed by the Federation rather than individual clubs.
Shortly after Eriksen's collapse, leading NHS cardiologist, Dr.Scott Murray, spoke of the challenges he was likely to face in light of Italy's stringent protocols.
Dr Murray told the MailOnline: "It probably is (the end of his career) for him. The Italians stop people participating in sport if they are found to have a significant cardiac abnormality, it's in law.
"They've been doing that for a long time, beyond 20 years and they've reduced the death rates from cardiac arrests in sport from beyond 3 per cent down to below one per cent."
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