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Daley Blind was involved in a worrying incident as he collapsed and pointed to his chest during Ajax’s pre-season friendly with Hertha Berlin.
Former Manchester United star Blind, who suffers from a heart condition which was diagnosed at the start of the year, fell while off the ball and no one was around.
Blind looked in severe pain and discomfort with medics swiftly rushing to his side.
Ajax boss Erik ten Haag said: “Daley Blind’s ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) went off.
“He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling okay now, he is feeling fine. We will do research about this now.”
Blind suffered from dizziness during Ajax’s Champions League game against Valencia last December.
He was "diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation" after extensive medical examination.
He was then fitted with a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms, specifically those that can be dangerous and cause a cardiac arrest.
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He had been wary of returning, making his comeback following surgery in February.
After his first game back, Blind said: “I’m really happy to be back on the pitch. It was heavy period because you don’t know what is coming or which news you will get, but luckily it didn’t take long for everything to look good.
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“I have been positive most of the time and was busy with my return. I had a little bit of tension beforehand because you don’t know how it will go.
“The doctor really needed to hold me back and step on the brakes because I wanted to get back as soon as possible. I wasn’t scared at all, I wanted to get back on the pitch as fast as possible.
“I have missed [playing football] a lot. I missed my teammates and I missed being on the pitch.”
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