Christian Eriksen has spoken of his delight to have played in his first competitive game after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 eight months ago.
The 30-year-old made his Brentford debut from the bench in a 2-0 loss to Newcastle, with the result heavily influenced by a red card picked up by Bees star Josh Dasilva after just ten minutes.
But Eriksen told BBC Sport that he is looking at the bigger picture and is simply grateful to be able to be playing again.
“Take away the result and I am one happy man. To have been through what I’ve been through, with my family, to be back here is a wonderful and I’m just happy that it’s happened,” he said.
Thomas Frank revealed in his press conference on Friday that Eriksen would play some part against Newcastle but did not disclose whether he would start, and the midfielder revealed what his former Denmark youth coach told him as he prepared to enter the game.
“Thomas didn’t say as much – I’ve been speaking to him every day for the last few weeks so obviously he knew what was going on and I knew what was going to happen. He just said ‘good luck and enjoy the game’,” Eriksen added.
“You can never predict the game. No one would have predicted we would have been down to ten men after ten minutes. It completely changed our game plan and made it difficult.
“But the guys did what they could. It was a big fight and we were unlucky in the end.”
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