Eriksen discharged from hospital nearly a week after collapse – and visits Denmark team

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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital and visited his teammates nearly a week after collapsing on the pitch.

The Danish football association said Eriksen has been through a successful operation, following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The association tweeted: “Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was discharged from Rigshospitalet.

“Today he also visited the national team in Helsinger – and from here he will go home and spend time with his family.”

In a message to well-wishers Eriksen said: “The operation went well and I am doing well under the circumstances.”

The Danish football association previously said that Eriksen would be fitted with an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and defibrillator.

The heart starter, known as an ICD, is designed to correct the rhythm of the heart if it notices a potentially dangerous pattern by issuing a number of small or larger electric shocks.

In extreme situations it can act as a defibrillator to restore the heart’s normal rhythm, according to the British Heart Foundation website.

Denmark supporters display banners for Christian Eriksen
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Denmark supporters displayed banners for Christian Eriksen

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder collapsed on the pitch just before halftime, leaving him needing to be resuscitated and the game temporarily stopped.

Eriksen, who spent seven years with Tottenham in the Premier League, regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his cardiac arrest.

Denmark‘s team doctor Morten Boesen said the midfielder was “gone” but the swift response and treatment on the pitch and by medical staff meant he was stabilised and later able to message his teammates.

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