Christian Eriksen releases first statement after cardiac arrest, vows to 'not give up'

The agent of Christian Eriksen gave a statement in which the Dane promises to not give up on the battle and also thanks fans for their support.

Christian Eriksen was stabilised in hospital after collapsing on the pitch. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening Euro 2020 match against Finland. As a result, the match was first suspended then resumed. And while updates on Eriksen’s condition were frequent, people didn’t get to hear from the man himself till recently.

His agent gave a statement in which the Dane promises to not give up on the battle and also thanks fans for their support.

“Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened. I want to say thank you all for what you did for me,” Eriksen’s agent told Gazetta dello Sport via his manager.

The statement is yet another welcome sign that the Dane is thankfully on the way to recovery.

‘Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest’

“He was gone; we did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation)” Morten Boesen told a news conference. He also added that Eriksen will remain in the hospital for further tests.

“The exams that have been done so far look fine,” Boesen added. “We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.”

The Danish players have been talking to Eriksen, said Peter Moller, director of Danish football association DBU.

Coach Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen told him he did not remember much from Saturday’s collapse. Eriksen also added that he is very eager to get back on the pitch.

“He would like for us to play on,” Hjulmand said. “He said he feels like he could go out and play again. Christian feels best when he’s got a football close to his feet.”

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.”

Eriksen’s journey for Denmark

Eriksen is Denmark’s most capped player with 108 caps. He is the team’s top goalscorer with 36 goals. His journey with the national team began after started after his call-up with the under-17 football team in July 2007. Eriksen impressed in his debut, scoring nine goals in 16 games for the U-17s.

The midfielder further made his presence felt for the Denmark U-18 and U-19 teams, resulting in an opportunity for the U-21 squad to the European Championship.

Eriksen received his first senior call-up in February 2010. The footballer made his debut in Denmark’s friendly match against Austria in March.

He became the nation’s fourth-youngest full international and the youngest debutant since Michael Laudrup.

With this medical emergency in the opening game, Eriksen could be sidelined for the remainder of Euro 2020. This will be a big blow for the Danes as they are currently at the bottom of the table.

With Russia and Belgium in the mix, it will be a very difficult situation for Denmark to recover after the loss against Finland.

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