Denmark’s team doctor, Morten Boesen, says that star midfielder Christian Eriksen was “gone” before cardiac resuscitation following his collapse during a Euro 2020 group match against Finland on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
“He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest,” Boesen said in a press conference on Sunday. “How close were we [to losing Eriksen]? I don’t know. We got him back after one defibrillator, so that’s quite fast. I’m not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital.”
The fall came towards the end of the first half of play as the former Spurs and Ajax player was about receiving a pass from a teammate. After he collapsed, players rushed over to him and signalled for immediate medical attention as professionals from both the Danish and Finnish FA took to thefield.
Eriksen, 29, is currently in stable condition after the shocking incident. Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand says he is unsure if the team will be ready for their next matchup after the potentially traumatizing incident.
“We will try tomorrow to establish normality as much as is possible,” Hjulmand added. “Players have different kinds of shocks and traumas and emotions. We will try to use the next couple of days as good as possible. I will try to get a feeling of the players. Maybe for some, the time is too short to be able to play football again.”
The match was briefly suspended after Eriksen was stretchered off. Play resumed later that day as Denmark succumbed to a shocking 1-0 loss to Finland. Eriksen is reportedly in stable conditions now.