Former Manchester United player Daley Blind experienced a scare during Ajax’s pre-season friendly versus Hertha Berlin.
Blind joined Manchester United in 2014 and won four major trophies in as many seasons at the club, including the Europa League in 2017 against Ajax.
The Netherlands international, who played in defence and midfield for United, has tweeted that he is “OK and feeling fine” after the defender dropped to the ground late in the game last night, which Ajax won 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
He was able to walk off the pitch but it still came with great concern since Blind was diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation last year. The 30-year-old returned to action in February after being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
The device in question sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms, so you can only imagine the trouble it can cause when not working as it should.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag said his heart defibrillator momentarily switched off during the friendly, as per ESPN.
“He has no symptoms. The ICD went off and right after that he was fine.
“We will do some tests and wait for the results and then make decisions.”
But Blind has tonight took to Twitter to let his fans know that he is feeling fine after last night’s scare.
Many thanks for all the kind messages I received 🙌🏻. I can say that I’m okay and feeling fine. pic.twitter.com/uBhD1jV5An
— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) August 26, 2020
Blind has been named in the Netherlands’ 32-man preliminary squad for next month’s Nations League clashes against Poland and Italy. We would imagine it’s touch and go after recent events and hope he will be alright to resume playing soon.
Ajax kick off their Eredivisie season on 13 September against Sparta Rotterdam.
We send our best wishes to Blind!