- Christian Eriksen could return to professional football as English premier League club Brentford are making efforts to land the 29-year-old
- To complete the signing of the Denmark star who suffered a cardiac arrest last year, a club cardiologist would need to sign off on his contract
- Brentford are hoping to land the former Inter Milan and ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder on a six-month loan
Denmark star Christian Eriksen is on the verge of a professional football return as the 29-year-old is set to join English Premier League club Brentford.
Sky Sports reports that this is coming barely seven months after the former Inter Milan star received an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) fitted to his heart.
It was gathered that a club-assisted sports cardiologist would need to sign off on his contract before he will be registered to play in the English topflight.
Brentford are closing in on landing the former Tottenham Hotspur star on a six-month loan deal as the Bees are reportedly in a process of doing due diligence on his fitness to play, The Athletic reports.
Eriksen will also need to obtain a work permit as his medical process is expected to be more complicated than the regular one.
The English FA says it would not conduct its own cardiology report on the player’s health status but would review the club’s cardiological assessment before approving the footballer to play.
Deal hinges on medical
A cardiologist appointed by Brentford is expected to be a member of the FA’s Cardiac Consensus Panel, which is chaired by Dr Sanjay Sharma - Eriksen's former doctor at Tottenham.
Brentford are in no rush to sign him before the January 31 transfer deadline, giving he is currently a free agent.
Spurs ready to sign Eriksen
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has expressed his willingness to allow Christian Eriksen to train with the club as the Denmark international targets to feature in the 2022 World Cup.
In June 2021, Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark in the Euros in their opening group game against Finland. Describing his ordeal, Eriksen admitted recently that he ‘died for five minutes'.
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He has since been fitted with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator, a move that rendered him ineligible to play in Serie A.
Pogba suffers thigh injury
Sports Brief earlier reported that Paul Pogba could be out of action until the end of February as the Manchester United midfielder suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury.
The former Juventus midfielder had just returned to Manchester from Dubai where he has been recuperating after being out of action since November when he picked up the injury in United’s 2-2 draw UEFA Champions League game against Atalanta.
Coach Ralf Ragnick has now revealed that it could be another four weeks before Pogba can resume full training and then another fortnight until he is match-fit.