Christian Erikson was in a “stable” condition in a Copenhagen hospital, the Danish Football Federation said in a statement on Sunday, a day after he collapsed and received life-saving medical treatment on the field during a Euro 2020 match against Finland.
Eriksen “sent his greetings to his teammates”, the statement said, but remained in hospital for further investigation.
The 29-year-old Eriksen is being treated at Rigshospitalet, which is less than a kilometer from the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, where the match was played.
Eriksen, an attacking midfielder and the creative engine of Denmark’s team, suddenly stumbled and crashed in the 42nd minute of a match against Finland on Sunday.
Medical teams, urgently summoned by teammates and opponents who immediately noticed the severity of his condition, worked quickly to stabilize Eriksen on the grass. They lingered for 20 minutes as the astonished crowd watched in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen and a worldwide television audience.
In an effort to protect Eriksen, his teammates and staff members from Denmark formed a circle around him to protect him and the medics while they worked. Photos of Eriksen leaving on a stretcher woke him up.
The match was briefly suspended, but resumed about 90 minutes later – with the permission of players in both teams, and only after the Danes were notified of Eriksen’s improved condition. Finland won 1-0.
Not everyone could continue. A few players were in tears as they warmed up for the resumption of the game. Not everyone could complete the match, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said afterwards.
“It’s a traumatic experience,” Hjulmand said. “The attitude was, ‘Let’s go out and try to do what we can. ‘And then we talked about allowing all these feelings. And it was OK to say no if they could not play. Some of them said they wanted to try. And I said, no matter what feelings they had, it was all right. You had to allow yourself to try to play the game if you felt that way. And you had to dare to show happy emotions. But it was OK to say no. Because some of them were unable to play, they could not play. ”
Hjulmand told reporters that his team needed counseling and all the other help they needed as it tried to navigate the rest of the tournament.
“We will process it as well as possible over the next few days,” Hjulmand said.