Christian Eriksen: Alex Scott reacts to incident
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Christian Eriksen has spoken for the first time after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. There have been fears the Inter Milan midfielder may never play again after suffering a cardiac arrest – but he has insisted he ‘won’t give up’.
The football world was in shock after Eriksen collapsed to the ground towards the end of the first half of Denmark’s opening group stage match against Finland.
Medical help was rushed onto the pitch as those close to the midfielder recognised the severity of the situation, while staff performed CPR and used a defibrillator on Eriksen to resuscitate him.
The game was temporarily suspended, before being resumed later once it was announced Eriksen was announced as stable, with a shaken Denmark going on to lose 1-0.
Eriksen has now spoken for the first time from the hospital where he is being treated, as he thanked well-wishers for their support.
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“Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened. I want to say thank you all for what you did for me,” Eriksen said in quotes reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The former Tottenham star’s comments were relayed to the Italian publication by Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand, who said the player wants to continue playing in the tournament.
“He is one hell of a player but what a person he is as well,” said Hjulmand. “Christian feels best when his feet are close to a football. It was good to see him smile and we will see if we can get ourselves together and play for Christian.”
The Danish boss quoted the player himself as saying: “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys. I don’t remember much, but I’m more concerned about you guys, how are you doing?”
Meanwhile, team doctor Morten Boesen has spoken of the gravity of Eriksen’s condition when the game was halted after he collapsed.
Boesen claimed Eriksen was ‘gone’, adding: “We don’t have an explanation why it happened. I can’t answer that question. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest.
“How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”
Denmark are due to face Belgium on Thursday, and the positive news on Eriksen’s condition should give the side a much-needed boost before taking on one of the tournament favourites.
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