Denmark’s Christian Eriksen said he was feeling “fine – under the circumstances” and expressed gratitude for the flood of messages he had received after he suffered a cardiac arrest during their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday.
“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” Eriksen said in a post on the national team’s Instagram profile that was posted on Tuesday.
“I’m fine — under the circumstances.”
The post was accompanied by a picture of the 29-year-old lying in a hospital bed, smiling and giving a ‘thumbs up’.
“But I feel okay. Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches, Play for all of Denmark,” he added.
Eriksen collapsed just before halftime in the match against Finland and was taken to hospital after receiving CPR on the pitch.
Yesterday, Christian Eriksen‘s agent said the player was undergoing detailed examinations.
“We all want to understand what happened to him and he wants to as well. The doctors are doing some detailed examinations, it will take time,” Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday cited Eriksen‘s agent Martin Schoots as saying.
“Christian does not give up. Him and his family want to send everyone their thanks.”
The Group B game was halted and eventually restarted an hour and 45 minutes later, Finland winning 1-0.
The incident raises questions around the workload players have been subjected to. Eriksen was playing in his 66th competitive game in the one year since soccer restarted following a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The messages of support for Eriksen have come pouring in, from within the game and beyond, something that Schoots said has helped cheer up the Dane.
“He was happy because he understood how much love he has around him,” Schoots added. “He received messages from all over the world.
“He was particularly struck by those from the world of Inter Milan; not just from his teammates, who he heard from through texts, but also the fans.
“Half the world has contacted us, everyone is worried. Now, he just needs to rest. His wife and parents are with him. But in any case he wants to support his teammates against Belgium.”