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Daley Blind has had a good feeling about his first game since the incident with his defibrillator a month ago. The thirty-year-old defender of Ajax played the full ninety minutes in the game with Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday and saw his team win 0-1.

‘This is just a good performance’

“It has been hectic, but after a lot of testing and a lot of support there is a green light again”, Blind said afterwards at Het Kasteel. “I feel safe, good and I can just play football again. If the doctors thought it would not have been justified, I would not have been here today.”

Blind collapsed in the friendly match against Hertha BSC last month. Ajax coach Erik ten Hag announced afterwards that the internal defibrillator (icd) had gone off. The device was placed in December, after Blind went to the ground for the first time in the Champions League match against Valencia.

“I hope I can put all this behind me now”, Blind continued FOX Sports. “Mentally I have had a bit of a blow. Fortunately I received a lot of support from the people standing next to me. I feel good after this match and hope that I can move forward.”

Ajax, which played an hour less with a man less due to a red card from Nicolás Tagliafico, had a difficult afternoon in Rotterdam. Despite the mean situation, Antony put Ajax on 0-1 and that lead kept the record champion.

“If we play football with ten men for that long, we can be very happy that we take the three points to Amsterdam”, said Blind. “We also had good chances with one man less and gave little away ourselves. All in all, this is just a good performance for us.”

Ajax will resume the Eredivisie next Sunday with a home game against RKC Waalwijk.

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