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Daley Blind Collapses During Pre-Season Game for Ajax

Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind suffered another health scare on Tuesday night after he collapsed during Ajax's friendly against Hertha Berlin. Blind, 30, was diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation in December after feeling dizzy in a Champions League game with Valencia. Getty Images 2 Blind collapsed towards the closing stages of Ajax's pre-season friendly with Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night That resulted in the Holland international having to have an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator), before returning to action in February. Speaking after the game, Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag said Blind was feeling 'okay' following the incident, which saw him slump to the ground towards the closing stages of their 1-0 victory. Getty Images 2 Ajax medics immediately came to assist Blind Ajax's Dutch Eredivisie season gets under way on September 13, but Blind's participation is in doubt following the latest scare.

Get our daily Manchester United email newsletter Sign me up! Former Manchester United full-back Daley Blind has suffered another heart scare after collapsing during a friendly for Ajax. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with a heart condition in December after complaining of dizziness midway through a Champions League fixture. Blind was cleared to continue playing football after having a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD system) fitted. But his latest scare will be a concern to both Blind and Ajax chiefs after he received medical attention on the field in Tuesday's match against Hertha Berlin.

It was during the second half when Blind collapsed to the turf inside Ajax's penalty box as teammates called to the bench for help. He remained conscious throughout and was able to converse before walking off the pitch himself after Ajax made a substitution in the 79th minute. Speaking after the match Ajax boss Erik ten Haag said: "Daley Blind's ICD went off. Blind was fitted with the ICD to help regulate his heart rate following a similar incident against Valencia at the end of last year, after which he was diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation. Get the latest transfer news straight into your inbox!

Sign up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter! From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox. Ajax know all too well the dangers of heart-related issues on the pitch having dealt with a tragic experience a few years ago. In 2017, 20-year-old midfielder Abdelhak Nouri collapsed on the pitch during a pre-season friendly after suffering cardiac arrhythmia. The incident left Nouri with severe and permanent brain damage after spending almost three years in a coma, thus ending his football career.

Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip. Ajax defender Daley Blind suffered a worrying moment during a pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night. The Dutch international, 30, collapsed during the fixture at Amsterdam ArenA in an episode linked with his ongoing heart problems that cast doubts over his career. Blind had been diagnosed with a heart condition after he complained of dizziness during Ajax's Champions League clash with Valencia in December 2019. Blind's history with heart problems It was discovered that the former Manchester United defender was suffering from a heart muscle inflammation and that he would have to spend time away from the beautiful game.

Nevertheless, Blind returned to first-team action in February after doctors fitted him with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). But concerns about Blind's health have come to the fore once again after he collapsed to the pitch during the latter stages of Ajax's most recent friendly. Blind collapsed vs Hertha Berlin Blind's Ajax teammates were visibly worried when he went to ground without any contact or players around him in the 79th minute. Thankfully, however, Blind seemed responsive to his colleagues' approaches and quickly received medical attention, before promisingly leaving the pitch on his own accord. It was revealed after the game after Blind's ICD had 'gone off' but, most importantly of all, that he was feeling ok after being subbed off as a precaution. Blind 'is feeling okay now' Per the Daily Mail, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag explained: "Daley Blind's ICD went off. He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling okay now, he is feeling fine. It can only be hoped that the research into what happened during the game suggests that Blind is safe and that he can continue to play the sport he loves without putting his health at risk. The Dutchman had previously spoken of his joy at returning to action in February and that playing on with an ICD in place wasn't causing him concern. Blind's original return in February Blind, according to the Daily Mail, told Fox Sports Netherlands: "I am really happy to be back on the pitch. I wasn't scared at all, I wanted to get back on the pitch as fast as possible." On behalf of everyone at GIVEMESPORT, we wish Blind the best in his recovery from this week's scare and also in the results of research that could have a bearing on his career going forward. Ajax defender Daley Blind appeared to suffer another health scare after collapsing during a friendly with Hertha Berlin. The 30-year-old, who used to play for Manchester United, had an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) fitted in December after being diagnosed with an inflammation of his heart muscle. He returned to action in February, but reportedly went down during the pre-season game with the German side on Tuesday and was taken off, though boss Erik Ten Hag has said he is feeling "OK". Ten Hag said to Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport: "Daley Blind's ICD went off. He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling OK now, he is feeling fine. Ajax were less forthcoming in their tweets during the game, giving little away on the incident. The best league in the world is back. Join The Independent for an online event, as our panel discusses the most uncertain start to a season in Premier League history.