Eriksen fell to the ground in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game in Copenhagen without making contact with his rival. There was a cardiac arrest and the Dane had to be resuscitated. The rescue operation took effect, the footballer was lifted off the grass on a stretcher and taken to Rigshospitalet hospital, where he remains and is being examined further.
– We are in constant contact with him, yesterday and today. His condition is the same as yesterday — stable and good, Hoeyer said.
The cause of the collapse of 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder, one of the most recognizable Danish footballers in history, has yet to be determined.
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Eriksen receives recovery wishes from much of the football world and beyond. His name was sung by both Danish and Finnish fans during the Saturday meeting. Groups of fans cheered for the hospital where he is staying, and his colleagues from current and former teams, as well as rivals, clubs and even the royal families of Denmark and Britain are posted on the internet.
He also saluted former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, who himself suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup match in 2012. However, he warned his colleague that he would face a mentally difficult undertaking in the coming months.
“It’s too early to say anything about his physical health, but I can tell you about the mental battle that will in many ways be the hardest part of this journey,” Muamba wrote in a column for The Times.
He advised Eriksen not to rush back to normal life and seek the help of his loved ones. – He should take a step back and give himself as much time as he needs because it will definitely affect him and his family mentally. Whatever his doctors say, that concern will still haunt his mind. It’s not easy to deal with, admitted the 33-year-old now Englishman, born in Zaire (now DR Congo).
He also praised the behavior of other Danish footballers who surrounded his friend with their backs to him to ensure his privacy during the rescue team’s actions. They will also need mental support, he said. – The way the Danish players surrounded him to protect him was amazing. They didn’t know if their friend would survive, Muamba emphasized.
According to the cardiologist at Sanjay Sharma hospitals in London, it will be difficult for the Dane to resume his career after this incident. – In Italy the rules are very strict and, as far as I know, it would be illegal for him to practice professional sport in this country. Other countries have slightly more liberal laws and respect athlete independence. At best, he can get a defibrillator and play in some countries, but in most cases it will lead to the end of his career, the doctor ruled.
Denmark will play the second match of this year’s European Championship against Belgium. Citing the footballer’s agent, “La Gazzetta dello Sport” announced that Eriksen hopes to be released from hospital by then and cheers on his teammates from the stands.
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