Christian Eriksen played only the first half of Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Ireland in the Nations League on Monday, but there is no reason to fret for Tottenham Hotspur fans. The substation was arranged, according to a report, so that the midfielder might be fresh for Spurs’ match against Chelsea on Saturday.
Per the Evening Standard, Denmark manager Åge Hareide agreed to Tottenham’s request that Eriksen play limited minutes during the international break. The midfielder played 90 minutes in Denmark’s 2-1 victory over Wales on Friday in the UEFA Nations League, and then only played a half against Ireland after the team’s Nations League standing was more or less confirmed.
The rest should help Eriksen, who recently recovered from an abdomen injury that kept him out for a month. The midfielder last played for Tottenham in the team’s 2-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, and was an unused substitute in the final match before the international break against Crystal Palace.
Eriksen had been slowly picking up minutes with Spurs as he worked his way back to fitness. With 135 minutes in the span of a few days for Denmark, though, it seems as if Eriksen might be ready to play more regularly for Spurs, which is only good news for the team as it begins preparations for Chelsea.