Eriksen sends public thanks message from hospital

Christian Eriksen has despatched his first public message from the hospital thanking supporters for his or her “candy and wonderful” well-wishes after his collapse on the European Championship

COPENHAGEN — Christian Eriksen despatched his first public message from the hospital on Tuesday, thanking supporters for his or her “candy and wonderful” well-wishes after his collapse on the European Championship.

Eriksen stays within the hospital after struggling cardiac arrest throughout Denmark’s recreation in opposition to Finland on Saturday, when he needed to be resuscitated with a defibrillator on the sphere.

The message was accompanied by a photograph of the 29-year-old Eriksen giving a thumbs up from his hospital mattress.

“I’m nice – beneath the circumstances,” he added. “I nonetheless should undergo some examinations on the hospital, however I really feel okay. Now, I’ll cheer on the boys on the Denmark workforce within the subsequent matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen and the remainder of the Denmark gamers have obtained an outpouring of help from all around the world since Saturday’s incident, together with from followers of rival groups.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand stated the flood of messages reveals that “soccer is the most important social phenomenon on the planet.”

“It’s the one factor that may unite most individuals on the planet,” Hjulmand stated at a information convention on Tuesday. “It brings friendship throughout nations, race, gender, every thing. Soccer is one large household. … And we see this with all this recognition we get from individuals all around the world.”

Denmark, which misplaced to Finland 1-0 after the sport was resumed, subsequent performs Belgium on Thursday in Group B. On Monday, Eriksen’s teammates stated the midfielder had instructed them to re-focus on the event.

Denmark educated for a second straight day on Tuesday after taking Sunday off to course of the incident. The workforce was visited through the coaching session by Danish Crown Prince Frederik, who attended Saturday’s recreation and was amongst these to ship a message of help to Eriksen.

And Hjulmand stated he can inform that his gamers are regularly getting again the precise mindset to play once more.

“From the beginning of the coaching (Monday) till the tip of the coaching, I feel one thing occurred, positively,” he stated. “To get your physique going once more and to be on the pitch realizing that Christian is OK helped us all. … Yesterday afternoon, an increasing number of smiles had been on the faces of the gamers.”

However he acknowledged that returning to Parken Stadium once more, the place the gamers shaped a hoop round Eriksen as he was getting emergency medical remedy that saved his life, will likely be emotionally difficult.

“I don’t suppose they’re afraid to play,” Hjulmand stated. “However the regular response to a trauma like this, it is best to know, it’s not solely your self. It’s additionally your loved ones, possibly your children, your spouse, your mother and father. So the field of feelings has been opened. I feel we took a giant step yesterday and I feel we’ll take one other one in the present day.

“After all the time till the kickoff will likely be emotional, and we’ve to organize ourselves for that, for getting into the stadium once more. Getting again to see our nice followers. And as much as kickoff there’ll be loads of feelings we’ve to deal with, after which put together ourselves for when the referee whistles his first whistle. We will likely be able to go and combat and play nicely and do every thing for Denmark.”


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