Ajax separates Blind for medical tests

The Dutch champion has decided to remove the defender from training to test him. Heart problems have already been detected and he collapsed in a friendly Tuesday.


Ajax announced on Wednesday that it will withdraw Daley Blind from group training to study why he collapsed during the friendly against Hertha Berlin, which the Amsterdam team won 1-0.

The defender "feels good under the circumstances", but "will be thoroughly examined and will wait for the test results before resuming training," Ajax said in a statement posted on their website.

Blind set off alarms in the 79th minute of the game, played this Tuesday at the Johan Cruyff Arena, when he fell to the ground for no apparent reason. The match was stopped, the footballer was able to leave the pitch on his own foot and was substituted.

Coach Erik ten Hag later explained to "Ziggo Sport" that the player's implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) "went off" but that after the scare "he felt fine and had no complaints."

"We will investigate and wait for the results, and from there we will make decisions," said the technician.

The 30-year-old footballer has an ICD for a heart problem that was detected at the end of last year, days after he fell to the grass during a Champions League match against Valencia. On that occasion it took him two months to return to training.

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