Christian Eriksen Set to Be Fitted with IFD, Playing Career in Jeopardy

Christian Eriksen will soon have a heart starter (IFD) installed due to his recent cardiac attack. The device corrects the rhythm of the heartbeat if it notices a potentially dangerous pattern by sending electric shocks. In addition, it can serve as a defibrillator in extreme cases.

The Inter player underwent numerous exams while hospitalized. Denmark wrote in their official statement: “Christian has accepted the solution, and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally, who all recommended the same treatment.”

Eriksen faces an uphill battle to return on the pitch, but it is not impossible. He will be re-evaluated in a month to see if the ICD is temporary or permanent. Daley Blind currently plays with a heat starter due to myocarditis and missed roughly two months.

However, Eriksen might not receive the clearance to play in Italy. Renowned cardiologist Giulio Molon explained to Repubblica: “This choice indicates that he suffers from ventricular arrhythmia. It means that there could further severe crisis. Should that indeed be the case, alongside the presence of ICD, he could not pass a physical here. Blind has it for a different reason.”

Word from Inter indicates that it is too early to tell if Eriksen will be able to continue his career. CEO Giuseppe Marotta and team doctor Piero Volpi will soon fly to Copenhagen to personally meet him. The 29-year-old midfielder suddenly collapsed in the game versus Finland. He was saved only by the swift intervention of the medical personnel and the use of the defibrillator.