MX23RW : Thursday, July 29 06:44:21| >> :600:1273976:1273976:

Cardiologist admits Christian Eriksen may not play professionally again

Cardiologist admits Christian Eriksen may not play professionally again
© Reuters
Professor Sanjay Sharma said the Football Association would likely to be 'very strict' about allowing the Danish midfielder to play again.

Christian Eriksen may not play again professionally following his reported cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 game against Finland, a leading sports cardiologist has said.

The Denmark and Inter Milan midfielder dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen shortly before half-time, and was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, professor of sports cardiology at London's St George's University, said UK football bodies would likely to be "very strict" about allowing him to play again.

Speaking about the incident, Prof Sharma, who worked with Eriksen during his time at Tottenham, said: "Clearly something went terribly wrong.

Christian Eriksen incident
Professor Sanjay Sharma said the footballer's prognosis was good (St. George's, University of London/PA)

"But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen?

"This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?"

Prof Sharma, who chairs the FA's expert cardiac consensus group and is a consultant for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), said there were multiple reasons a cardiac arrest could have taken place, such as high temperatures or an unidentified condition.

But he said reports that Eriksen was awake in hospital was "a very good sign".

"I'm very pleased. The fact he's stable and awake, his outlook is going to be very good," he told the PA news agency.

"I don't know whether he'll ever play football again.

"Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die and would the medical professional allow him to die again?

"The answer is no."

Prof Sharma added that it would be up to both the player and the club to assess the risks of continuing to play.

"His cardiac arrest has rocked the entire nation today and that's what happens. It's not just them that it affects, it's the psyche of so many people," he said.

"The good news is he will live, the bad news is he was coming to the end of his career, so would he play another professional football game, that I can't say.

"In the UK he wouldn't play. We'd be very strict about it."

One of the doctors who treated Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba agreed there could "only be assumptions" about Eriksen's future.

Muamba also suffered a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarter-final in 2012 but made a full recovery.

Dr Sam Mohiddin told BBC news: "The cardiac arrest is a moment of extreme peril. If you don't get someone out of cardiac arrest things are over. You will not survive.

"The ongoing risk to an individual to an extent depends on the precise cause of that cardiac arrest."

ID:451158: cacheID:451158:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:5552:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Denmark's Thomas Delaney, Andreas Christensen and teammates stand in front of Christian Eriksen as he receives medical attention at Euro 2020 on June 12, 2021
Read Next:
Famous figures share messages of support to family of Christian Eriksen
>
Read more about Christian Eriksen Football

rhs 2.0
Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
JapanJapan124521
ChinaChina115824
United StatesUnited States1011930
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia78520
AustraliaAustralia61916
Great BritainGreat Britain56516
Today's Olympic highlights header

Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
Todays Game Header Right
Tables

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!