DEFIANT Christian Eriksen has insisted he is not afraid of collapsing again after testing how much his heart could tolerate.
Eriksen has been keeping fit in Switzerland
Eriksen is one of Denmark’s best playersCredit: PA
But he was eventually revived thanks to the quick thinking of team-mate Simon Kjaer and the pitchside doctors.
He’s since been fitted with an ICD which saw him banned from competing in Serie A, leading to Inter Milan terminating his contract.
Since last summer’s events, Eriksen has tested how much his heart can tolerate.
Speaking to Danish TV channel DR 1, Eriksen insists he’s no longer afraid of collapsing.
He said: “Not at all [afraid].
“Not the slightest. At first, I was cautious. ‘How much could my heart tolerate now?’
“I wanted to test it. But I’ve been cleared and tested and monitored as much as possible.
“No, I’m not afraid it will happen again.”
Eriksen went on to say how comforting it felt to have an inplantable cadrioverter defibrillator.
The ‘reassuring’ device gives him confidence he can play again, and if he suffers another heart failure, it can be treated instantly in various ways.
Eriksen is even targeting playing at the 2022 Qatar World Cup on his mission to prove he can still play at the top level.
He continued: “My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play. That’s been my mindset all along.
“It’s a goal, it’s a dream. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing. But it’s my dream to come back.
“I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in top shape. That’s my goal and it’s still some time away.
“So until then, I’m just going to play football and prove that I’m back at the same level.”
Eriksen must first find a new club.
His agent recently revealed that numerous clubs have been in touch over the midfielder, who wishes to remain playing in Europe.