Herald on Sunday
Eriksen visits teammates after op and release from hospital
Christian Eriksen was discharged from hospital yesterday and immediately visited his Denmark teammates nearly a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a European Championships match.
The Danish football federation wrote on Twitter that Eriksen was released from the Rigshospitalet in central Copenhagen after a successful operation. The federation previously said Eriksen would be fitted with an ICD, an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and defibrillator.
“The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances,” Eriksen was quoted as saying in the tweet.
The 29-year-old Eriksen had been hospitalised after collapsing on the field during his team’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Sunday. His heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.
A tribute was held for him during Denmark’s second game against Belgium on Friday, when play stopped after 10 minutes — his jersey number — for a minute’s applause in the stadium.
The Danish federation said Eriksen saw the team yesterday at their training base in Helsingor, outside Copenhagen, and would then go home to spend time with his family.
”It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played [on Friday],” Eriksen said. “No need to say that I will be cheering them on [Tuesday] against Russia.”
Denmark lost their first two games but still have a chance to advance to the round of 16 with a win over Russia in their final Group B game.