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Denmark team doctor says midfielder ‘was gone’


Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen says Christian Eriksen was “gone” after a cardiac arrest but medical test results have been normal so far.

The 29-year-old collapsed during his side’s Euro 2020 opening match against Finland, and was given emergency CPR on the pitch with the game temporarily suspended just before half-time.

Eriksen is currently being treated at one of Denmark’s top hospitals, which is less than a mile from Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

“The exams that have been done so far look fine,” Boesen told a news conference.

When asked what caused the incident, Boesen said: “We don’t have an explanation why it happened. I can’t answer that question.

“I didn’t see it live, I saw it on screen when it happened. You saw the same as me. No explanation so far.”

Boesen confirmed Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, saying: “He was gone.

“We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest.

“How close were were to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”

Head 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 to the pitch.

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.”

Team doctor Boesen also revealed that Denmark’s players and staff were visited by a psychologist on Saturday night, and in hindsight feels the game should not have resumed.

“I don’t think the right decision was to play the game,” Boesen said.

“We had help from a psychological point of view at the hotel last night. Everyone expressed their feelings and how they saw the situation, and everyone was pleased we did this and talked it through.

“We really appreciated the professional help we have had from the outside.”

Hjulmand agreed that the match should not have been completed after the incident, and said the squad would try to use what happened as motivation for their next game against Belgium on Thursday.

The Danish players have been in contact with Eriksen via video calls, confirmed Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU.

“This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates,” a Danish FA statement read on Twitter.

“His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination.”

The PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) has sent its good wishes to Eriksen and his family following Saturday’s events.