Denmark’s team doctor has said Christian Eriksen’s heart stopped and that “he was gone” before being resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship.
Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 group game against Finland on Saturday and was given lengthy medical treatment before regaining consciousness.
“He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation),” Morten Boesen told a news conference on Sunday, adding that Eriksen remained in hospital for further tests after his collapse.
“The exams that have been done so far look fine,” Boesen added. “We don’t have an explanation as to why it happened.”The Danish players had been in contact with Eriksen via a video conference, said Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU.
Coach Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen had told him he did not remember much from Saturday’s collapse and that he was eager to get back on the pitch.
“He would like for us to play on,” Hjulmand said. “He said he feels like he could go out and play again. Christian feels best when he’s got a football close to his feet.”
Hjulmand quoted the midfielder as saying: “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys.”
“Christian is in good spirits and it’s a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty,” Hjulmand said. “There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes.”
Messages of support for Eriksen, who plays for Inter Milan, have poured in.