Christian Eriksen is preparing for a friendly behind closed doors before returning to the Premier League with Brentford

Thomas Frank has revealed Christian Eriksen will not be considered for selection against Crystal Palace this weekend, with a behind-closed-doors friendly scheduled for Monday to help him regain his fitness.

Eriksen hasn’t played a competitive game since suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 in June, so it’s no surprise he still has a ways to go before he’s ready to make his Premier return. League. Frank, however, reserved praise for the 29-year-old, saying: “He looks like the quality player we know he is. It’s a joy to watch him play football, I must say.

Eriksen joined Brentford on a free transfer in January, having left Inter Milan at the end of last year when his contract was terminated by mutual consent. Following his cardiac arrest, he was fitted with an implanted automatic defibrillator (ICD), a device banned for players competing in Serie A but not the Premier League.

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His return so soon after such a serious health crisis is one of the good news of the season. Asked about Eriksen ahead of his side’s meeting with Brentford on Saturday, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieria said: “It’s a happy story. Seeing him back on the pitch training and playing games, I think it is something we can appreciate.

“He loves the game and for him to be back on the pitch and doing what he loves is something we can all be happy about.”

Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Eriksen expressed his thanks to everyone who stepped in to help him when he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland.

“The first thing is to show gratitude,” he said. “To the people around me, the teammates, the doctors first on the pitch, the team doctors and paramedics and then in the hospital, to do everything and check everything.

“Then all the messages from people to show me their support and what my family has been through. It was really nice to see all the messages of gratitude.

“I’m very lucky and I told them face to face, I’m very happy that they did what they did otherwise I wouldn’t be there.

“For me, it was bad luck in a lucky place. I wouldn’t hope anyone would get it, never thought I would get it myself when it happened, but where it happened I was lucky the people around me act so quickly. I was really grateful that the doctors were there.

“I was lucky to have all the possibilities around me. They had every opportunity to get me back as quickly as they did and I’m 100% grateful to them.”

Eriksen also suggested he felt little anxiety about returning to competition, saying: “I was cleared to do everything by the doctors, so in that sense, whatever the reason. [for the cardiac arrest].

“I was continually given the green light that everything was fine going forward.

“I’m not really scared of it, I can’t feel my ICD, so if he gets hit I know it’s pretty safe.

“I’m not afraid of the challenges ahead and the bullies in the game, no.”

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