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Eriksen in contention to make Denmark return tomorrow

COPENHAGEN (AP) – Christian Eriksen is set to train with the Denmark squad and could make his return to the national team in tomorrow’s (Sunday, 3.45am Brunei time) friendly match against the Netherlands, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said.

It would be Eriksen’s first appearance for Denmark since he collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during a European Championship game in June.

He has resumed his playing career in the past few weeks at Premier League club Brentford but missed the match against Leicester last Sunday after contracting COVID-19.

Eriksen will join up with the Danish national team later, Danish broadcaster DR said, and will be ready to train ahead of the match at the Johan Cruyff Arena – where he used to play for Dutch club Ajax.

“We just have to look at what exactly he has done at Brentford, where he started training again on Sunday,” Hjulmand said on Wednesday.

“Before that, he had missed the workouts for four days. We have to see how much he has done when we get the latest data.”

Hjulmand said the most likely scenario is that Eriksen, who has been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, will start on the bench against the Netherlands. Denmark then plays Serbia in a friendly at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

“He is 100 per cent ready to play at Parken,” Hjulmand said.

Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen and teammates train at the Marbella Football Centre in San Pedro de Alcantara. PHOTO: AFP