Christian Eriksen described himself as a “happy guy” following his long-awaited comeback to football in Brentford’s 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, following a near-fatal cardiac arrest last June during a Euro 2020 match.
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Speaking to the BBC after the game, Eriksen said he was thrilled to be back in action.
“If you take away the result, I’m one happy man,” the Denmark international said.
“To go through what I’ve been through, being back is a wonderful feeling.
“Thomas [Frank] didn’t say much [before the substitution]. I’ve been speaking to him every day for the last few weeks, he just said ‘good luck and enjoy the game’.
“I don’t think anyone predicted we’d be down to 10 men so early. The guys did what they could. It was a good fight in the end.
“It [the fans’ reception] has been very special since day one. They have taken good care of me. Everyone’s been really happy about it, and everyone’s been really helpful.
“Everyone is here. My family, my parents, my kids, my mother-in-law, and some doctors who have been helping me. What they’ve been through is even tougher than what I’ve been through.”
Eriksen made 300+ appearances for Tottenham in his final six-and-a-half years in the Premier League, scoring 69 goals.