Eriksen ‘fine under the circumstances’

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen says he is “fine under the circumstances” as he continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.

The Inter Milan playmaker, 29, is now in a stable condition in hospital.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world,” he said on Instagram.external-link

“It means a lot to me and my family.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel OK.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen had to be resuscitated on the pitch after collapsing shortly before half-time in Saturday’s match in Copenhagen.

Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boese said: “How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib [defibrillation] so that’s quite fast.

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

Only when they were informed that Eriksen was awake in hospital did the players agree to resume the match, with play restarting almost two hours after the former Tottenham player collapsed.

Finland won 1-0 and Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite has said the decision to resume the match was the “least bad one”.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand later said the game should not have restarted, while former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said it was “absolutely ridiculous”.

Hjulmand added: “Christian is in good spirits and it’s a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty. There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes.”

Denmark play their second Group B game against Belgium on Thursday (17:00 BST), also in Copenhagen.

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