Danish footballer Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the lawn during the European Championships against Finland a week ago, unexpectedly visited the teammates on Saturday. The 27-year-old Italian Inter Milan player came in the middle of training and hugged all the team members.
Eriksen was released from a hospital in Copenhagen on Friday, where he was recovering from a cardiac arrest in the aforementioned Saturday duo. At that time, shortly before the break, Eriksen fell to the lawn through no fault of his own, and rescuers, with the help of his teammates and defibrillator, successfully revived him in a few minutes.
“I didn’t know he was coming. When he showed up, we stopped training,” said midfielder Christian Nörgaard. “He seemed to be in a good mood. It gave the team positive energy. We were able to hug him and it was great to see him come with his son. It was a nice day because of that. We also needed something,” added the 27-year-old English Brentford player.
The Eriksen’s implanted a heart rate monitor in the hospital. The so-called cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) monitors a person’s heart rate and, if necessary, can send electrical impulses to restore their normal rhythm.
“It was an emotional encounter, because the last time we saw him, he was lying on the field where he was rescued. We knew that Christian was fine, but it’s completely different to see him really live,” said Danish defender Atalanta Bergamo Joakim Maehle.
In the first two appearances at the championship against Finland (0: 1) and Belgium (1: 2), Denmark came out empty-handed. He can still advance to the round of 16, but he needs a victory in Monday’s match with Russia.