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Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrated his 30th birthday with his first appearance since suffering cardiac arrest last June.
He registered an assist in Brentford’s 3-2 friendly win over fifth-tier English club Southend United.
Eriksen, who joined Brentford as a free agent in January, played for around an hour in a friendly behind closed doors, nearly eight months after suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch in a Premier League game. ‘Europe.
Lined up in central midfield, Eriksen was twice denied by goalkeeper Collin Andeng Ndi but left the pitch after contributing an assist as he set up Josh Dasilva for the first goal of his hat-trick.
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— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) February 14, 2022
The Dane joined the Bees until the end of the season as a free agent on transfer deadline day.
He had trained with former club Ajax after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent because rules in Italy would not allow him to play after having a heart-starting device – an implantable cardioverter defibrillator – fitted. .
Eriksen revealed last month that he was ‘dead for five minutes’ after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash.
He was treated on the pitch as his shocked teammates formed a barrier around him before being taken to hospital.
The former Tottenham star was greeted with enthusiasm when he was introduced to the crowd ahead of Brentford’s 0-0 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He now hopes to make his debut either at Arsenal this weekend or when Newcastle travel to London a week later.
Eriksen said last week he was determined to prove he was still the same player as before the incident and was not afraid to play with the implanted device.
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) February 12, 2022
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Christian Eriksen played his first minutes for Brentford in a friendly, and of course he also got an assist ????
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) February 14, 2022
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— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 11, 2022