Eriksen vows he ‘won’t give up’ as he looks to ‘understand’ what caused cardiac arrest

After suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday, Christian Eriksen has relayed a reassuring message of thanks via his agent.

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Updated - 14 June 2021 5:21 pm

Christian Eriksen has thanked those who assisted him after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch against Finland on Saturday and now wants to "understand what happened". Inter midfielder Eriksen collapsed in the first half of the Euro 2020 match in Copenhagen with no other player around him. He was given CPR by medics and the fixture was originally suspended, but once Eriksen was confirmed to be "awake" the game resumed just under two hours later, Finland going on to win 1-0.

The Danish Football Union (DBU) provided an update on Sunday, confirming that he had suffered a cardiac arrest but his condition was stable pending further examinations. Team doctor Morten Boesen detailed how he could initially feel a pulse when he arrived at Eriksen's side, but that "suddenly changed" and meant CPR was necessary.

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The medical team and Denmark captain Simon Kjaer were widely praised for their respective roles, with the centre-back quickly placing Eriksen in the recovery position. And, speaking through his agent Martin Schoots to Gazzetta dello Sport, Eriksen relayed his thanks as he now sets about learning why it happened.

Schoots said: "We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He joked, he was in a good mood, I found him fine. We all want to understand what happened to him, he wants to do it too: the doctors are carrying out in-depth examinations, it will take time.

"He was happy because he understood how much love is around. Messages have reached him from all over the world. And he was particularly impressed by those of the Inter world: not only the team-mates he heard through the chat, but also the fans. Christian doesn't give up.

"He and his family want their thanks to everyone. He will remain under observation, perhaps even on Tuesday. But in any case he wants to cheer on his team-mates against Belgium. He worried about us. He asked us: 'How are you? I think you are in worse shape than me! I would now be ready to train'."

Denmark are next due to be in action on Thursday against Belgium.

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