Christian Eriksen makes return in major tournament 17 months after cardiac arrest on pitch

Christian Eriksen has made his return to a major international tournament for Denmark – 17 months after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the European Championships.

The 30-year-old lined up against Tunisia as his side got their World Cup campaign under way at the 40,000-seat Education City Stadium in Doha.

His first involvement saw him face a heavy tackle from Tunisia’s Aissa Laidouni.

He collapsed during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium and had to have a device fitted to regulate his heart.

Players were distraught as Eriksen received medical attention
Image: Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during a European Championships game in June 2021

It led to the end of his time at Serie A club Inter Milan, but he resumed his Premier League club career with Brentford last season and won a recall to the Denmark squad in March – scoring three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The Manchester United midfielder was part of a team that sailed through its World Cup qualifying group by winning its first nine games – with clean sheets through the first eight.

He signed for United in the summer, becoming a key part of the club’s revival under new manager Erik ten Hag.

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Eriksen celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the international friendly soccer match. Pic: AP
Image: Eriksen scored three minutes into his international comeback in March. Pic: AP

Speaking ahead of today’s match, Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen was the “heartbeat of the team”.

“He is a fantastic player but an even better person. It’s just a pleasure to work with Christian,” he said.

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