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EU Championship player Eriksen discharged from hospital


Denmark’s Christian Ericksen has been released from a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a European Championship match. He will be fitted with an ICD, which functions as a pacemaker and defibrillator. The Associated Press has the story:

Denmark soccer player who collapsed during EU 2020 match is out of the hospital

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Christian Eriksen was discharged from the hospital on Friday and immediately went to visit his Denmark teammates nearly a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a European Championship match.

The Danish soccer 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.

A giant jersey in support of Danish player Christian Eriksen is displayed ahead of the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Christian Eriksen was hospitalized after collapsing during Denmarks match with Finland. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)

The 29-year-old Eriksen has been in the hospital since collapsing on the field during his team’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday. 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 Thursday, when play stopped after 10 minutes for a minute’s applause in the stadium.

The Danish federation said Eriksen went to see the team Friday at its 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 last night,” Eriksen said in the tweet. “No need to say that I will be cheering on them on Monday against Russia.”

Denmark lost its first two games but still has a chance to advance to the round of 16 with a win over Russia in its final Group B game.


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