Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen could sit out the upcoming Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur after missing training due to illness.
Eriksen joined Spurs in the summer of 2013 and made 305 appearances for the club, scoring 69 goals and providing 90 assists, before leaving for Inter in January 2020 (Transfermarkt).
The playmaker’s time in Italy was cut short after he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland. Diagnosed with a heart condition, Eriksen was released by Inter while he recovered.
And recover he did. Eriksen joined Premier League side Brentford last season, scoring one goal and contributing four assists in 11 games for the Bees (Transfermarkt).
The 30-year-old decided to join Manchester United this summer, after interest from Spurs (ESPN) failed to materialise. According to David Ornstein for The Athletic, the salary and contract length Eriksen wanted didn’t fit with Tottenham’s plans.
Now, as Eriksen’s new team prepare to face his old club, it looks like the Danish midfielder could potentially miss the big reunion due to an illness, although there is still a chance he can return.
According to The Express, Eriksen “was taken ill, but there will be hope that he’s fit and firing again in time to face his former club on Wednesday.”
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The Express also name Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Donny Van de Beek, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as potential absentees for Man United.
After United’s latest training session, Manchester Evening News reported: “There was no sign of midfielder Christian Eriksen, casting doubt over his availability for the clash with Spurs.”
“The summer signing was absent for the first time this season against Newcastle, being ruled out through illness,” the report added.
Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag said: “I can’t tell [if he will face Spurs]. In our team, he really contributes to what we are at this moment. I don’t know if he will be available for Wednesday but I hope, of course.”
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While it’s always nice to see Christian Eriksen on the football pitch, it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Spurs to see him out of action for the upcoming clash. We all know how dangerous Eriksen can be, and how much United rely on his creativity, so if he doesn’t play it will limit United’s chances of breaking down this resolute Spurs defence.