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Christian Eriksen Sends First Public Message After Collapsing On Pitch

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Christian Eriksen Sends First Public Message After Collapsing On Pitch

Christian Eriksen has thanked fans for their support and said he's 'feeling better' after his cardiac arrest during the Denmark and Finland match on Saturday (12 June).

The Danish midfielder collapsed on the pitch during the team's Euro 2020 match and was given CPR by medics.

He's now released his first public message since the horrifying incident, in which he's said he wants to gain an understanding of exactly what happened.

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In a statement released through his agent to Gazzetta dello Sport, Eriksen said: "Thank you, I won't give up. I feel better now - but I want to understand what's happened.

"I want to say thank you all for what you did for me."

Yesterday (13 June), a Denmark team doctor confirmed that Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest.

During a press conference, medic Morten Boesen said: "He was gone. How close were we? I don't know."

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He went on to say the 29-year-old was not conscious when they reached him.

"When I got to him he was on his side, he was breathing," he said.

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"I could feel a pulse, but suddenly that changed and we started to give him CPR.

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"The help came really fast from the medical team and the rest of the staff with their co-operation, and we did what we had to do and managed to get Christian back."

Boesen continued: "We don't have any explanation why it happened. The details about what happened I am not quite sure of because I am not a cardiologist, I will leave that to the experts. I didn't see it live, only on screens afterwards."

Eriksen also sent a short message to his distraught teammates to let them know he was doing OK.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjumland shared the message, telling the team Eriksen had said: "I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I'm about to go training now, boys."

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Hjumland 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."

Once it was confirmed that Eriksen was in a stable condition, Saturday's match went ahead with Finland picking up a 1-0 win.

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Hjulmand struggled to hold back the tears during his post-match press conference and revealed they had the choice of finishing the Group B opener on the night or returning to play the following day.

He said: "I could not be more proud of this team, who take good care of each other.

"There are players in there who are completely finished emotionally. Players who on another day could not play this match. They are supporting each other. It was a traumatic experience."

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