Danish player Christian Eriksen’s condition has remained stable since he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed during his team’s opening game at Euro 2020 against Finland on Saturday.
Teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also said Eriksen had video-linked a message from the hospital saying he was fine and that Denmark should try to focus on Thursday’s next game against Belgium.
“We are in contact with him. We were in contact with him yesterday and today. [His] The condition is like yesterday, stable, good, “said Jakob Hoeyer, communications director of the Danish Football Association, to reporters on Monday.
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Eriksen, 29, was hospitalized in Copenhagen after collapsing on the pitch in the 43rd minute. He had just played a short pass when he fell face down to the floor and received urgent medical attention for about 10 minutes. The midfielder was eventually carried to a loud ovation while his teammates walked beside the stretcher.
UEFA announced shortly after that the game was suspended before resuming later on Saturday, resulting in a 1-0 win for Finland.
Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots said the player is undergoing an in-depth investigation.
“We all want to understand what happened to him, and he wants it too. The doctors do a few detailed examinations, it will take time,” Schoots told the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday. “Christian doesn’t give up. He and his family would like to express their thanks to everyone.”
“We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He was joking and was in a good mood, he was fine, “he added.
Eriksen played his 66th competitive game in the year since football was restarted after it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, UEFA said it had handled the matter as carefully as possible at this point.
“UEFA is confident that it has treated this matter with the greatest respect for the delicate situation and the players. It was decided not to restart until the two teams requested to end the game that evening.
“Players’ need for 48 hours between games has eliminated other options,” it said.
Jonas Baer-Hoffman, general secretary of the international players union FIFPRO, said the decision to restart the game should not have been taken immediately after the incident.
“It would have been better to cancel the game that evening. Take a little time, take a deep breath, look at it with a little more distance, see what options there are to continue the game or not, and if and the game cannot be repeated then I think that compared to what happened there with Christian is not very important, “he told Reuters.
“The players probably weren’t given a real opportunity to make a good decision that was balanced with their mental state at the moment,” he added.
“There are many lessons to be learned from this,” he said, adding that they would conduct a review with UEFA.
Messages of support have come in from the game and beyond, and Schoots said they helped Eriksen on his path to recovery.
“He was happy because he understood how much love he was around,” said Schoots. “He got news from all over the world.
“He was particularly impressed by those from the world of Inter Milan, not only by his team-mates whom he heard from through texts, but also by the fans. Half the world has contacted us, everyone is concerned. Now he just has to rest. ”His wife and parents are with him. But he definitely wants to support his teammates against Belgium. “
Denmark’s other players said they would play their upcoming European Championship games in honor of their teammate.
“We’re still in the tournament. Now we have to try to see if we can win that and do it for Christian and do it for all the fans who sat with us and were just as powerless in the situation as we were.” Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel told the broadcaster DR.
“I have no doubt that this team has the unity and the strength to come together, go out and do something special.”
Schmeichel said he also visited Eriksen in the hospital: “It was damn nice to see him smile and laugh and to be himself and just to feel that he is there. It was a great experience and something that helped me a lot Has.”
Schmeichel and other players met with the media for the first time since the game against Finland, which the Danes lost.
“We all play for Christian. That’s for sure”, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said DR.
Hojbjerg added that Eriksen’s smile gave him “a form of energy” and that the team will play for the midfielder against Belgium.
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Meanwhile, former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba said Eriksen’s breakdown brings back painful memories of his own cardiac arrest and that the Dane’s greatest challenge in recovering from the incident will be mental.
Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch in an FA Cup match in 2012 and was technically dead for 78 minutes, said it took him more than a year to process the incident that forced him to retire at the age of 24.
“It’s too early to know about his physical health, but I can share about the mental battle that in many ways is the toughest part of the journey ahead.” Muamba wrote in his column for The Times.
“My advice is to take a step back and take the time he needs because it will definitely affect him and his family mentally.
“That worry is in your head, whatever the doctors tell you. It is not easy to get over it.”
Muamba said Eriksen’s teammates, protecting him from the crowd and cameras when he was receiving CPR in the field, would also need help.
“They didn’t know if their boyfriend would survive,” said Muamba. “I found the way the Danish players surrounded him – to protect him – amazing to see.”
Sanjay Sharma of St. George’s, University of London, Eriksen’s cardiologist at former club Tottenham Hotspur, said in a report by Reuters that the Inter Milan playmaker has to decide if he wants to play again, but strict federal laws in Italy could prevent him from doing so .
“The laws in Italy are very, very strict and I understand it would be against the law to play competitive sports in Italy now,” said Sharma.
“Other countries are a little more liberal and respect the autonomy of the athlete, so that at best they can use a defibrillator and play in some countries.
“But in most situations like this, it’s a career ending situation.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.