Ajax Defender Daley Blind Diagnosed With Heart Condition
Ajax and Netherlands defender Daley Blind has been diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation.
The former Manchester United man suffered from dizziness during Ajax's 1-0 Champions League group stage defeat to Valencia on 10 December and has sat out the last two fixtures.
And after medical examinations, the club have confirmed the 29-year old has been diagnosed with the heart condition and he will not be involved in training in January.
He has been fitted with a implantable cardioverter defibrillator in order to detect any irregular heartbeats.
Ajax released the following statement: "Daley Blind has been diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation.
"The central defender has undergone an extensive medical examination in recent days, following the dizziness that briefly bothered him during the Ajax - Valencia match.
"It was then decided to place a subcutaneous ICD with Blind, a device that is applied under the skin.
"As a result of this intervention, which took place yesterday, the 29-year-old international will not start the training camp selection at the beginning of January, but will continue to work on his recovery in Amsterdam."
Come back stronger, Daley Blind. :pray: pic.twitter.com/06c6yLsbU4- Rashford GOAT (@RashfordGoat) December 21, 2019
As of yet there's no timeframe for when he will be able to return but Blind took to Twitter to inform fans on how he's feeling.
Thank you all :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/7Z32bcwb5X- Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) December 21, 2019
He said: "First of all, I want to thank you guys for all the messages you sent me. I really appreciate it and it helped me, so [it was] very kind and thank you for that,"
"Second, Ajax just posted an update online about my condition. The most important thing is that I'm feeling good at the moment and I'm trying to come back as soon as possible.
"Again, thank you for everything and I'll see you guys soon."