Days after collapsing and suffering cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 match, Danish football star Christian Eriksen said he was “fine” on Tuesday – “under the circumstances”.
Eriksen, 29, had to be revived after falling to the ground unexpectedly in Denmark’s opener against Finland on Saturday.
As Eriksen lay unconscious on the pitch and medics rushed to give him CPR, his teammates gathered around him in visible distress. Some 15,000 fans in the stands fell into hushed silence as millions more watched the incident live on television.
He was eventually taken to hospital awake and in stable condition.
In his first public comments since the incident, Eriksen posted a selfie to Instagram on Tuesday from a hospital bed, thanking everyone for the “sweet and amazing greetings and messages from around the world.”
Eriksen said the support meant a lot to him and his family, adding that he still had to undergo medicals, but was feeling fine.
Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said on Sunday that Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and “left” before being resuscitated with a defibrillator.
Boesen said he did not have an explanation as to why Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest.
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“Now I will be cheering on the boys from the Denmark team in the next matches,” Eriksen wrote in his English article.
Saturday’s game had to be put on hold as viewers around the world watched in terror as the incident unfold in real time.
It resumed the same day and Denmark lost to Finland, 0-1. The decision to resume the game shortly after Eriksen’s collapse has been criticized, notably by Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand, due to the emotional toll the incident has caused to both teams.
Eriksen, one of Denmark’s biggest stars, spoke to the team via video link on Sunday, which his teammates said was a big boost as they try to refocus on the tournament.
Dane Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said the team, which received psychological support, wanted to continue the competition “to play for Christian”, according to the Associated Press.
The team trained on Monday after the players were released on Sunday to deal with the incident.
It is unclear whether Eriksen will be able to resume his acclaimed football career which has seen him play for Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, as well as play more than 100 times for his national team.
Denmark will face Belgium next Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.