Blind returns to Ajax after heart diagnosis

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Daley Blind has returned to Ajax training nearly two months after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

The 29-year-old Dutch international suffered from dizziness in the Champions League loss to Valencia on December 10, and was diagnosed soon after with “heart muscle inflammation.” He has been absent from the team ever since, but will return for the Eredivisie match this weekend against FC Utrecht, the club confirmed.

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Blind was fitted with an internal defibrillator that will help regulate abnormal heart rhythms.

Ajax supporters held up a banner during the home match against ADO Den Haag on December 22 that read “Daley Blind strength.”

Blind also got a show of support from his former teammate on social media as Marcus Rashford showed his love for the Dutch defender. Blind was a member of Manchester United from 2014-2018 where he made 141 appearances across all competitions.

Blind is a versatile player who has played center-back for much of his career, including much of this season, but has also been deployed as a full-back or defensive midfielder at times. He is an active member of the Dutch national team where he plays primarily left-back thanks to Virgil Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt locking down the first-choice center-back positions.