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Returning Eriksen guide Brentford beat Southend in a friendly match

Christian Eriksen marked his 30th birthday with a first appearance since his cardiac arrest in June last year, when Brentford beat Southend United in a friendly match.

The Danish international had an assist in the 3-2 win for Brentford with Eriksen, who joined the club on a free agent in January.

He only played for about an hour in a friendly match behind closed doors, nearly eight months after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during a European Championship match.

His former club Inter Milan ended his contract in December as he is not allowed to play in Serie A due to his heart starter device (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator).

“A cold, damp afternoon in West London was lit up by Eriksen’s return to a match environment for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest last June,” Brentford said on their website.

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