Christian Eriksen has expressed his thanks for the goodwill messages he has received after suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener, and says he is “fine, under the circumstances”.
Eriksen was given emergency CPR on the pitch during Saturday’s game against Finland, which was temporarily suspended as the 29-year-old was taken to Rigshospitalet, a hospital near Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said Eriksen was “gone”, but swift treatment on the field of play and by hospital staff meant the midfielder was stabilised, and he was later able to send his greetings to team-mates.
Eriksen has now addressed the public for the first time since the incident via a tweet from the Danish FA’s account, which read: “Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”
On Sunday, Eriksen’s agent said the Inter Milan player was “making jokes” in hospital but wanted answers from doctors to explain why he suffered a cardiac arrest during the game.
Martin Schoots told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport: “We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He was making jokes, he was in a good mood, I thought he was well.
“We all want to understand what happened to him, and he does too. The doctors are making some in-depth tests, but we’ll need some time.
“He was happy, because he understood how much love he has around him. He received messages from the whole world. And he was particularly struck by those in the Inter environment – not just his team-mates, who spoke to him in their private chat, but also the fans.
“Christian won’t give up. Him and his family want to make sure that everybody receives their thanks. Half the world contacted us, everyone was worried. Now he only needs to rest. His wife and parents are with him.
“Even tomorrow [Monday], he will remain under observation, maybe Tuesday as well. But in any case he wants to support his team-mates against Belgium.”
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