Yet on Tuesday, 290 days on from his collapse, a friendly against Serbia has the 30-year-old eyeing an even more “special” return, and the chance to give his home fans newer, fonder memories.
“I think it’s something you can’t prepare for,” Eriksen told reporters.
“The reception in Holland was very big and my expectation is it is going to be even bigger here. This is the place where it happened and people will see it.
“Afterwards, people will be talking about it, like everything is back to normal. They are going to have a new memory. It’s going to be special and I’m looking forward to it.”
Homecoming on Tuesday would mark another milestone for Eriksen in what has been a rapid and triumphant journey to date since his cardiac arrest.
After being fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) device — a type of pacemaker intended to prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt of electricity to restore regular heart rhythm — Eriksen left Italian club Inter Milan to train with former club Odense Boldklub in Denmark.
With two more World Cup qualifiers scheduled for Tuesday, Denmark have already safely secured passage to Qatar after dominating their qualifying group with nine wins from a possible 10.