Christian Eriksen ‘high quality below circumstances’ after cardiac arrest at Euro 2020


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Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen says he is “doing well under the circumstances” as he continues his recovery from cardiac arrest.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan playmaker is now in stable condition in the hospital.

“Thank you very much for your sweet and great greetings and messages from all over the world,” he said said on Instagram.external link

“That means a lot to me and my family.

“I’m fine under the circumstances. I still have some tests to go to the hospital, but I feel OK.

“Now I will be cheering the Danish team on for the next few games. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen had to be revived on the pitch after collapsing just before half-time in Saturday’s game in Copenhagen.

Denmark team doctor Morten Boese said: “How close were we to losing him? I don’t know but we got him back after a mistake [defibrillation] so it goes very quickly.

“The research we’ve done so far looks good. We have no explanation as to why it happened.”

It wasn’t until they were informed that Eriksen was awake in the hospital that the players agreed to resume the game, with the game resuming almost two hours after the former Tottenham player collapsed.

Finland won 1-0 and Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite said the decision to restart the game was made the “least bad”.

The game decision shouldn’t have been made – Kasper Schmeichel

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand later said the game should not have been restarted while former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said it was “absolutely ridiculous”.

Hjulmand added: “Christian is in a good mood and it is a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty. There is no doubt we were on the ropes.”

Denmark will play their second Group B game against Belgium on Thursday (17:00 CEST), also in Copenhagen.