Home Brentford Eriksen ‘can’t wait’ for Spurs reunion, says ‘no risk’ in football return
Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen admits he is looking forward to playing against his former club, Tottenham, on Saturday.
Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Denmark at last summer’s European Championships and was forced to leave Inter Milan as rules in Italy prevented him from playing with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted.
Big Weekend: Arsenal v Man Utd, Merseyside derby, Eriksen
He joined Brentford in January on a deal until the end of the season and has hit the ground running for the Bees.
The 30-year-old spent six-and-a-half years at Tottenham. He made 305 appearances for the north Londoners and helped them reach the Champions League final in 2019.
Thomas Frank’s side take on Spurs in the Premier League on Saturday and Eriksen is looking forward to playing against his former team.
🗣 “To work again with Christian, is a fantastic opportunity.”
Antonio Conte speaks highly of his time working with Christian Eriksen at Inter Milan as the former Spurs man has been linked to his old club pic.twitter.com/ljVKv2AEce
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 22, 2022
“I can’t wait,” Eriksen told Sky Sports. “It’s going to be special. First of all, it’s just being back playing football, then there’s always the small bits in between of what is the goal. I’m definitely looking forward to Saturday for sure.”
When asked if he will celebrate if he scores against his former team, the Dane responded: “Probably not.”
Eriksen also reflected on his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 and insisted that he would not have made a return if it wasn’t wise for his health.
He said: “I remember getting the throw-in, but obviously I don’t remember falling down. I then woke up with people around me, but I don’t really know what’s happened until I’m in the hospital.
“For me, if there was a risk, I wouldn’t come back. It was that easy. They did all the testing, I went three months without doing anything, just getting the mind and the family [right], getting used to still being here.
“Then the training started, bit by bit, building up slowly, but at the same time, getting control of what I can control and trying to test the heart. I have an ICD, so if anything did happen, I’m safe.
“But in the end, there’s no risk of me going back to play so there’s no reason for me to stop our normal life because there’s not a doctor saying ‘you shouldn’t do it’, then it’s a completely different conversation with my family. But it was ‘good, we can do it, test it out’. All the tests were good and then there was no point of having the thought of not playing again.”