Christian Eriksen was substituted at half-time of Denmark’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland at the request of Tottenham, according to the London Evening Standard.

Concerns were raised when Eriksen didn’t come back out for the second half of Denmark’s final UEFA Nations League group game on Monday night.

Denmark had already qualified for the semi-finals, where they could encounter England next summer, but it did appear strange for the captain to be taken off at half-time in a competitive match.

Eriksen only recently returned from an abdomen injury and Mauricio Pochettino has been managing his minutes carefully over recent weeks.

The Standard appears to have ended any fears of a recurrence of that injury. Their report claims Eriksen’s substitution was pre-arranged as Spurs continue to monitor the playmaker’s fitness.

That’s good news, especially with Tottenham in need of a fully fit Eriksen’s for Saturday’s London derby against Chelsea in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old scored a brilliant goal in Spurs’ last meeting with Chelsea, last season’s 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.



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