Christian Eriksen admits he is ‘surprised’ by how his body is reacting to playing football again after cardiac arrest… and teases ‘let’s see what happens’ ahead of potential Brentford debut against Newcastle this week
- Christian Eriksen stepped up his return to action in a Brentford friendly this week
- The 30-year-old registered two assists in a 2-2 draw away at Rangers on Monday
- Eriksen claims he is a ‘bit surprised’ at his body after his Euro 2020 cardiac arrest
- The Danish star could make his Brentford debut against Newcastle this week
Christian Eriksen admits he is ‘surprised’ by how his body has reacted to getting back on the pitch as the Danish midfielder nears his return to action with Brentford.
The 30-year-old continued his rehabilitation from his shock cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 last June by playing 80 minutes in a 2-2 friendly draw for Brentford away at Rangers on Monday – with the midfielder setting up both goals.
Eriksen, who also played an hour in a friendly victory over Southend United last week, could make his Brentford debut against Newcastle on Saturday and claims he is in a ‘good place’ fitness-wise.
Christian Eriksen admits he is a ‘bit surprised’ about how his body is reacting to playing again
Eriksen played 80 minutes and set up two goals in Brentford’s 2-2 friendly draw at Rangers
‘I feel very good,’ Eriksen told the Brentford’s official media channel after the Rangers draw. ‘It was a tough test in the last week or so with the game against Southend. It’s tough, but I’m happy to be out there.
‘I feel like I’m in a good place, mentally going into the games and body wise which is the most important at the moment.
‘I’m actually a bit surprised that my body is acting the way it is because of course I’ve been training hard but I didn’t expect be as good as I feel now. It’s definitely something very positive.’
Both of Eriksen’s assist came from dead-ball scenarios, putting in a corner for Mathias Jorgensen to head home before his free-kick was met by Tristan Crama who finished inside the area.
Both of the 30-year-old’s assists on Monday came from set-pieces, including a free-kick
‘I have to keep that up,’ he said when asked about the assists. ‘It’s a friendly of course so let’s see if it counts in the other, more important games. But I’m feeling good.
‘It (the assists) have been set pieces so that needs to change a bit. But I’m very happy to be out there.
‘I feel the same excitement, the same love for touching the ball and being involved and playing football in general. It’s what I’ve been waiting for for a lot of months and being out there with a team is something very pleasing and very comforting.’
Eriksen could make his Brentford first-team debut against Newcastle this Saturday
With two games under his belt now, may expect Eriksen to make his return to Premier League action in the coming days, starting with a relegation six-pointer with Eddie Howe’s Magpies on Saturday.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank, whose side have failed to win a game since January 8, claimed last weekend’s slender 2-1 defeat to Arsenal was just too soon for the midfielder, raising speculation he could be available this week.
When asked about if he feels a first-team outing is possible this week, Eriksen revealed: ‘Let’s see how my body reacts in the next few days and let’s see what happens.’