Eriksen can’t play for Inter, return to Ajax on cards?

epa09144297 Inter's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the 1-1 equalizer during the Italian Serie A soccer match between SSC Napoli and Inter Milan at Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, 18 April 2021. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

There are reports Christian Eriksen is in talks for a return to Ajax, which would not be too surprising, as he cannot play for Inter with a defibrillator implant.

He collapsed and his heart stopped during Denmark’s UEFA EURO 2020 match with Finland in June, where he was revived on the pitch by medical staff.

A few days later, he had surgery to receive the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and was released from hospital on June 18.

However, even though Eriksen is returning to normal life, Italian rules forbid anyone with an ICD to continue their careers as professional athletes.

The only way Eriksen would be given the all-clear to play again for Inter is if the implant was removed, but before that can happen, it needs to be ascertained this was a passing condition that won’t occur again.

With that in mind, it is not entirely surprising to see reports Eriksen is negotiating a move to Ajax.

This could just be a loan, a transfer or he might terminate his contract with Inter by mutual consent.

The 29-year-old came up through the Ajax youth academy, playing there until his move to Tottenham in 2013.

He completed a €27m transfer to Inter in January 2020 and had just started to really find his feet in Serie A last season on their way to the Scudetto.

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