Danish Eriksen sends thank you message from hospital bed after field collapse

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Christian Eriksen sent his first public message from hospital on Tuesday, thanking supporters for their “sweet and wonderful” get well wishes after his collapse at the European Championship.

Eriksen is in hospital on Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s match against Finland, when he had to be resuscitated on the pitch with a defibrillator.

“Thank you very much for your sweet and wonderful greetings and messages from all over the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” Eriksen wrote in a message shared on Twitter by the Danish Football Association.

The message was accompanied by a photo of 29-year-old Eriksen giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed.

“I’m fine – given the circumstances,” he added. “I still have to undergo some tests in the hospital, but I feel good. Now I will be cheering on the guys from the Danish team in the upcoming matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen and the rest of the Denmark players have received a torrent of support from around the world, including fans of rival teams, since Saturday’s incident.

Danish national team coach Kasper Hjulmand said the stream of reports shows that “football is the biggest social phenomenon in the world.”

“It is the one thing that can unite most people in the world,” Hjulmand said at a news conference on Tuesday. “It brings friendship between countries, race, gender, everything. Football is one big family. … And we see this with all this recognition that we are getting from people all over the world.”

Denmark, which lost 1-0 to Finland after the game resumed, will face Belgium in Group B on Thursday. On Monday, Eriksen’s team-mates said the midfielder had told them to refocus on the tournament.

Denmark trained for the second day in a row on Tuesday after taking Sunday off to process the incident. The team was visited during the training by the Danish crown prince Frederik, who attended Saturday’s game and, among other things, sent a message of support to Eriksen.

And Hjulmand said he can see his players gradually getting back into the right mindset to play again.

“From the start of training (Monday) to the end of training, I think something positive has happened,” he said. “Getting your body back on track and being on the pitch knowing Christian is okay has helped all of us.… Yesterday afternoon, more and more smiles started to appear on the faces of the players.”

But he acknowledged it will be an emotional challenge to return to Parken Stadium, where the players formed a ring around Eriksen while he received emergency medical treatment that saved his life.

“I don’t think they are afraid to play,” Hjulmand said. “But the normal reaction to a trauma like this, you have to know, it’s not just yourself. It’s also your family, maybe your children, your wife, your parents. So the box of emotions has been opened. big step yesterday and I think we’re taking another one today.

“Of course the time until the kick-off will be emotional, and we have to prepare for that, to enter the stadium again. Go back to see our amazing fans. And until the kick-off there will be a lot of emotions that we have to We will be ready to go and fight and play well and do everything for Denmark.”

(AP)