Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen speeds recovery with friendly passes

Christian Eriksen has stepped up his bid to return to frontline football after another impressive friendly outing for Brentford.

The 30-year-old Denmark international, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 group game against Finland in June, played 78 minutes of a behind-closed-doors clash with a Rangers XI on Monday and provided both assists. in a 2-2 draw.

Eriksen crossed for Zanka to give the Bees an early lead and, after Amad Diallo’s brace gave the home side a 2-1 lead, he sent in the free kick from which Tristan Crama equalized.

The former Tottenham playmaker joined the Bees until the end of the season in January after leaving Inter Milan by mutual agreement.

Rules in Italy would not allow him to play after having an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) fitted.

He returned to action on Monday last week in another training ground friendly for the Bees, a 3-2 win over Southend in which he set up Josh Dasilva for his team’s first goal. hat trick.

Eriksen will now hope he has done enough to earn himself a place in the senior squad against Newcastle at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday.

Thomas Frank’s promoted side have taken just one point from their last seven Premier League games to slip within six points of the drop zone.

For Eriksen, however, just being back on the court in a senior game would be a huge step forward.

Eriksen revealed last month that he was “dead for five minutes” after collapsing in the game against Finland.

He was treated on the pitch as his shocked teammates formed a barrier around him with worried spectators and millions more watching on television before being taken to hospital, where the ICD, which regulates his heartbeat, was implanted.

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