Inter’s signing of Hakan Calhanoglu has the look of a Christian Eriksen replacement but there’s still a chance the Danish midfielder could take the pitch in Italy once again after suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro clash with Finland. We won't know for sure anytime soon, however. According to Sky Sport Italia, it will take at least six months for medical tests to determine whether Eriksen’s implanted defibrillator is removable. Serie A regulations do not allow defibrillators to be played with so if Eriksen’s can’t be taken out, he won’t be able to play for Inter again. Eriksen’s contract with Inter runs until 2024 but other leagues, such as the Eredivisie, have no such regulations on defibrillators.
Truth be told, it’s hard to worry about Eriksen in a football sense when he came so close to losing his life. Whether he can play for Inter again or not is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. What is important is that his wife and children have a husband and father to be with. His recovery is progressing well and he’ll be in Milan next week for pre-season, though not to play.