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He has got the ok from the medical professionals to continue playing.

He's trained with his old club Odense and now a 3rd tier Swiss club as he looks to join a new club.

He left Inter Milan after not being allowed to play in Serie A this season. Now a free agent.

His quality in not in question.

He has played & lived in England & London.

He has been away from England & London for 2 years. Long enough, that he might welcome a move back.

Thomas Frank has coached him at youth level. Lossl, Zanka, Norgaard & Jensen have been team mates of his (As were Bjelland, Dalsgaard, Vibe.) Mads Bidstrup, Bech Sorensen & Roerslev are countrymen of his. Brian Riemer too.

His wage demands, you'd expect, will not be anywhere near what they were prior to the Euro's.

He is of good repute, as we seek when bringing in new additions.

We showed our character as a club with the way we stood by Scott Hogan. Since we can't go toe to toe in the transfer market, we're open to taking risks with transfers.

Versus we can't offer European League football and can't offer anything near to what others can financially. We're not a fashionable club, nor are we vying to win trophies ala Serie A, Coppa Italia. The pace and intensity of England could be of concern. Wage demands & expectations of the player re new club. Blocking a pathway for Ghoddos (or JDS.)
 

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He has got the ok from the medical professionals to continue playing.

He's trained with his old club Odense and now a 3rd tier Swiss club as he looks to join a new club.

He left Inter Milan after not being allowed to play in Serie A this season. Now a free agent.

His quality in not in question.

He has played & lived in England & London.

He has been away from England & London for 2 years. Long enough, that he might welcome a move back.

Thomas Frank has coached him at youth level. Lossl, Zanka, Norgaard & Jensen have been team mates of his (As were Bjelland, Dalsgaard, Vibe.) Mads Bidstrup, Bech Sorensen & Roerslev are countrymen of his. Brian Riemer too.

His wage demands, you'd expect, will not be anywhere near what they were prior to the Euro's.

He is of good repute, as we seek when bringing in new additions.

We showed our character as a club with the way we stood by Scott Hogan. Since we can't go toe to toe in the transfer market, we're open to taking risks with transfers.

Versus we can't offer European League football and can't offer anything near to what others can financially. We're not a fashionable club, nor are we vying to win trophies ala Serie A, Coppa Italia. The pace and intensity of England could be of concern. Wage demands & expectations of the player re new club. Blocking a pathway for Ghoddos (or JDS.)
My first reaction, when I saw the thread title was "Are you kidding?" However, you have put forward some good reasoning and I'm now thinking "Hmmm, maybe..."
 

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It’d be brilliant and I’d not put anything past BFC but if he’s up to a return at this level he must have a lot of interest beyond what we could afford even at cut price.
 

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Is he allowed to play in England? I did hear that his medical condition means he can't play in Italy.
 

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Is he allowed to play in England? I did hear that his medical condition means he can't play in Italy.
Don’t know. But if he’s training with lower league clubs the Danish connection bringing him over even just to train would be of value in helping to bring along our players based on his experience at the highest levels.
 

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Is he allowed to play in England? I did hear that his medical condition means he can't play in Italy.
According to an article in inews:

“However, the FA has confirmed that the requirements in Italy are not the same as in the UK. An FA spokesman told i: “In Italy, there is a longstanding nationwide cardiac screening policy which runs across all sports participation and does not allow participation in a case of increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. This has not been adopted in other countries, including the UK.”

In England, a sports cardiologist from the FA’s Cardiac Consensus Panel would assess a player found to have an abnormal cardiac screen or to have developed a cardiac-related problem and a decision over whether they would be allowed to resume their career would be based on “individual circumstances” and the “risk surrounding the player”.


So the decision will be based on individual risk. That decision will include the likelihood of the ICD going off (I.e how great is the risk of arrhythmia); the severity of the cardiac impairment; is he at risk of other complications including atrial fibrillation and could this be corrected with cardioversion or ablation.

It’s a difficult decision but at least the risk can be assessed and I would assume that any club thinking of taking him on would pay for a very good cardiologist/electrophysiologist to assist.

Edit - looks like this team will be the final decision makers:
 

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If this happened, I'd have to watch with my eyes shut and would struggle to breathe 🤦

It would be great for him to be playing again (if the medics allow) but I'm not sure I want to see it.

He's a wonderful player though.
 

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If this happened, I'd have to watch with my eyes shut and would struggle to breathe 🤦

It would be great for him to be playing again (if the medics allow) but I'm not sure I want to see it.

He's a wonderful player though.
Back in the day, I remember that Asa Hartford used to play with a hole in his heart.
Different condition obviously but similarities
 

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Back in the day, I remember that Asa Hartford used to play with a hole in his heart.
Different condition obviously but similarities
Yes, it stopped one transfer for him (Leeds?), but he still ended up going to ManC!
Is Ericsson a ‘write off’ ie insurance paid out on him? Do we insure players anymore, and would that put the kybosh on him playing at a top level?
 

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His wage demands, you'd expect, will not be anywhere near what they were prior to the Euro's.
Assuming he regains his former fitness, then his wage demands should be at least close to his former level, esp if he's available on a free. And bigger, wealthier PL clubs than BFC would definitely be interested.

Whereas if he isn't up to a 38 game PL season, then we won't be interested anyhow.

Besides which, he'll be 30 next month, so no re-sale value.

I'd be genuinely - though happily - astonished if we were even considering him.

EDIT: I might have added that even if he's prepared to accept, say, a 50% cut in his Inter package, that could still leave him on 3 x times(?) the current highest earner at BFC.
 

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I would imagine he would be uninsurable and hence may end up on a pay as you play deal a bit like Ledley King finished he career at Spurs on iirc I wouldn’t put it past our mgmt team to do something creative. I feel like I’m in dreamland these days so nothing surprises me any more!
 

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Yes, it stopped one transfer for him (Leeds?), but he still ended up going to ManC!
Is Ericsson a ‘write off’ ie insurance paid out on him? Do we insure players anymore, and would that put the kybosh on him playing at a top level?
Iirc in one of Benham’s interviews he said he never insured players as it was too expensive. I would expect it would be possible in theory to include a contract clause triggering paying off part of the remaining term in the event of medical retirement- didn’t one of our old Icelandic players have that so could only play non league when they recovered?
 

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I would be surprised if he ended up playing top flight football again. Whether insured or not I just don't think clubs would take the risk of the whole sequence of events unfolding again on the pitch or on the training ground. Would he in the event be the same player again anyway? probably not. Good luck to him if he wants to try and maybe some club would take him on but I would be very surprised if it was us.
 

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The risk will depend on the underlying diagnosis, which I presume is a 'channelopathy' but presumably only his medical advisors will know. There is a very small risk of defibrillator malfunction perhaps slightly heightened through a high physical contact game, the risk of an inappropriate shock, which would interrupt the game but not cause significant risk and the risk of VT storm where there is repeated recurrence despite successful individual shocks. If he has evidence of left ventricular dysfunction then he will not be allowed to play although underlying cardiomyopathy (weakened heart function) is unlikely given the stringency of Italian sports cardiac screening unless he had suffered a heart inflammation that had been missed by earlier screening. The situation is complex, with uncertainty and with risk all around and I very much doubt his returning to play, at a high level, would be sanctioned.
 

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If he has evidence of left ventricular dysfunction then he will not be allowed to play although underlying cardiomyopathy
I think you’re right that this is unlikely. He was at Tottenham for 7 years and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t an ECG/Echo at some point. I’ve also seen nothing that would suggest reduced LVEF.
 

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Iirc in one of Benham’s interviews he said he never insured players as it was too expensive. I would expect it would be possible in theory to include a contract clause triggering paying off part of the remaining term in the event of medical retirement- didn’t one of our old Icelandic players have that so could only play non league when they recovered?
There had to be some insurance for total loss, so in the event a player can’t play any longer at all. What wasn’t being purchased was the PTD partial total disablement, for long term injuries, where there would be an excess period of 60 or 90 days as it was deemed most injuries are no longer than 90 days. As wages have increased it may well be that the clubs view on cover purchased changed. In respect of Erickson his insurance would be expensive and have pre existing condition clause in it. But certainly insurable
 

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A former manager of ours knows all about the dangers of playing football with a heart condition:
I imagine that Scott's solution would be the best way forward for Eriksen: give up playing (not an immense sacrifice when you're almost 30) but remain in the game as a coach, manager, advisor, or whatever.
Personally, on reflexion, I'd be uneasy at the prospect of Eriksen playing in the red and white stripes. Every time he went down under a vigourous challenge, my heart would be in my mouth.
 
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Would be a good signing if he can get his fitness back and be cleared to play, in the paper said he has been told he can resume his career in Denmark or Holland.
 

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Nice idea, but I don’t think anyone in the stadium would be able to relax if this came off. Unbelievably, it’s a no from me.
I’d say that clubs will be be exceptionally reluctant to employ him on the risk of reputation damage if he died in the shirt.
 

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Sadly, I think his top flight career is over. Too risky for both him and any future club.
 

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Regardless of his health he was actually a bit crap towards the end of his time at both Spurs and Inter.

I think he would turn out to be a bit of a disappointment.
 

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Regardless of his health he was actually a bit crap towards the end of his time at both Spurs and Inter.

I think he would turn out to be a bit of a disappointment.
Worse than Jensen now, eh?
 

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I'm guessing he is ok financialy after inter terminated his contract .
Daley blind has the same device fitted and still plays regularly for Ajax and Holland so a comeback is a real possibility for Christen,if gets ok from medics could be worth a punt on a short term deal and see how things go.
 

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I'm not sure he has that luxury anymore?

Agree though, I can't see this for a number of reasons
I'd imagine the structure of his contract might change, but not the money part.

It would be a fantastic signing, but sadly I think if he decides to play again, he'll be able to pick from some better options than us.
Leicester?
Barcelona might think the money/risk is good value?
Monaco? ;)

Also I agree it would be scary to see anything bad happen to him while wearing a Brentford shirt. I wish him the best of luck with his recovery.
 

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Wonder if he put two and two together (being Danish, we're in PL) and came up with an article to sell that is complete ball...
If it comes from SSN that is quite possible. Its the Teamtalk of TV
 

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Yup. It’s almost like imagining someone like Pontus Jansson would sign for little old Brentford
Comparing Eriksen to Jansson to very funny. Jansson played in the same league as us for 3 years, Eriksen has played in elite level teams earning around 200K a week. BIG difference. It's like suggesting to sign Lingard or Lacazette or Christensen in the summer on a free.
 
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