The Dane Christian Eriksen has been released from the hospital after a successful operation. the Danish Football Association confirmed in a statement on Friday.
Eriksen was hospitalized after collapsing from cardiac arrest in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s opening game against Finland on June 12.
He was given CPR and a defibrillator used on the field before being rushed to the hospital.
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The FA announced Thursday that he will be given an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a small electronic device that acts as a pacemaker and can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by delivering a shock to restore a regular heart rhythm.
“Christian Eriksen had a successful operation and was released from Rigshospitalet today,” the FA said in a statement on Twitter.
“Today he also visited the national team in Elsinore – and from there he will go home and spend quality time with his family.”
The incident reverberated through football, and many players sent congratulations to Eriksen and his teammates.
The match between Belgium and Denmark on Thursday was interrupted in the 10th minute as a tribute to Eriksen.
On one of the stands, a banner was hung under the fans, which read: “All of Denmark is with you, Christian.”
Before kick-off, a large flag in the shape of a Denmark jersey with Eriksen’s name on the back was unfolded on the field. Eriksen bears the number 10 for his country.
“Thanks for the many greetings – it was amazing to see and feel,” said Eriksen in a statement after his discharge from the hospital.
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“The operation went well and, given the circumstances, I am fine. It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game last night. No reason to say that I will be cheering them on against Russia on Monday.”
Denmark lost both Euro 2020 games, with the side criticizing UEFA for not giving them any further options after Eriksen’s collapse.
Just hours after his cardiac arrest, the players returned to the field to play the remaining half.
“We were put in a position that I personally shouldn’t have found,” Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel told reporters on Monday.
“It probably required someone saying about us that it wasn’t time to make a decision and maybe wait for the next day.”