Christian Eriksen admits he found his first training session back as a professional footballer “tough” following his cardiac arrest in June.
Day One of being put through his paces at new club Brentford was a big step up from training informally with Ajax in recent weeks and Eriksen fears he is still some way away from consideration for a return to the Premier League.
Eriksen left Inter Milan because the rules of Italian sport meant that Eriksen was banned from playing in Serie A with the ICD he has fitted below the shoulder blade and above his heart designed to shock him if his heart goes into arrest again.
There are no such regulations in the Premier League, although cardiologists advise against contact sports because of the danger that a direct hit to the device could cause it to malfunction.
In hospital in Copenhagen, Eriksen had told his partner Sabrina that he never wanted to play football again, but that quickly changed.
“My mind changed two days later,” he said. “I was in the moment and I recognised what happened to me only later on and in the next few days – what was really going on.
“Then all the tests and the knowledge started to come in and all the questions were being asked as to whether I could do this, or whether I could do that.
“I listened to the doctors and then afterwards it slowly took off in a way that if I could do a test with a doctor following, I could slowly get back to playing football and see what happens.
“First of all it was a lot of tests to see how the heart reacted to physical training again.
“But initially, I told Sabrina, ‘I’m telling you now I need my boots but don’t be certain.It’s for a few days and I will probably change my mind in a few days’.
“Luckily everything was okay after.”