‘He was gone’ – Denmark team doctor sheds light on Eriksen incident

Christian Eriksen
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Denmark team doctor, Morten Boesen, has shed some light on the cause of Christian Eriksen’s collapse against Finland yesterday and the resulting treatment. 

The former Spurs star collapsed off the ball towards the end of the first half of the Euro 2020 fixture, with medics immediately rushed onto the pitch.

His Danish teammates did a great job recognising the severity of the situation, even taking precautions to ensure Eriksen was in the recovery position and did not choke on his tongue.

Boesen has now revealed that Eriksen was ‘gone’ at one point on the pitch but the medical team managed to get him back after one use of the defribulator.

He also confirmed what many would have expected, stating that Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Boesen said (The Athletic): “He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest.

“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.”

Fortunately, Eriksen is now stable and recovering in hospital and the Denmark head coach even revealed that the former Spurs man is in good spirits and feeling well.

Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark boss, quoted Eriksen as saying (BBC): “I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys.”

He 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.”

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