Christian Eriksen: There’s no reason I can’t replicate the best form at Brentford

The attacking midfielder has been training with the Bees this week as he prepares to make a professional comeback following the cardiac arrest he suffered on the pitch at Euro 2020 in June last year .

Eriksen even thinks he may be in better shape than before the incident given the individual training he underwent before signing his contract with Thomas Frank’s side, who face Crystal Palace this weekend -end.

Despite questions over what type of player will return when the 29-year-old steps out again, the former Tottenham man is confident of achieving his usual high standards.

“I won’t change my style of play,” Eriksen said. “To get back to the level, I will do everything I can to come back. I had time to be disciplined in the last six months, to do extras, so even now I’m maybe in a better condition than before, it’s just the football that’s missing. I feel so myself [I] don’t see why I can’t come back to the same level.

Eriksen hopes to be available for selection in the near future when he becomes the first player to feature in the Premier League wearing an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a device that shocks the heart to restore rhythm if the wearer suffers cardiac arrest.

“I’m not far off, it’s hard to put a date on when it’s going to happen,” Eriksen told BBC Sport.

“From what I heard I will be the first with an ICD to play in the Premier League. I’m not really scared about it, I can’t feel my ICD so if it gets hit I know it is safe enough.

“I’m not afraid of the challenges ahead and the bullies in the game.”

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The Bees face a Palace side at the weekend who have won just one of their last seven league games after the midweek draw at Norwich.

Despite their form, the Eagles side are encouraged by Patrick Vieira’s progress.

“You can see every game that we dominate a lot better,” said Tyrick Mitchell. “As a player and a team, that’s what you want to do, you don’t want to be on the back foot.

“It’s good how he’s managing us and how we’re playing at the moment.”


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