Dane Christian Eriksen surprised teammates in training after being released from hospital – .

Dane Christian Eriksen surprised teammates in training after being released from hospital – .

Christian Eriksen surprised the Denmark team with a visit in the middle of a training session on Friday and then gave everyone a hug, his teammates said on Saturday.
Eriksen was released from a Copenhagen hospital on Friday and immediately went to see his teammates at their European Championship base camp outside the capital.

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Midfielder Christian Norgaard and defender Joakim Maehle said it came as a big surprise.

“I didn’t know he was coming, so we stopped the training session when he arrived,” Norgaard said. “He seemed to be in a good mood and that gave the team good energy. We were allowed to give him a hug, and it was great to see him take a walk with his son. It was a good day in many ways. It was what we needed. “

Eriksen, 29, suffered cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland last Saturday and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. His teammates formed a protective wall around him as he received treatment to protect him from public view.

He was released from the hospital after being fitted with an implantable heart monitoring device intended to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Maehle said Eriksen was accompanied by his partner and two young children on his visit. The Inter Milan midfielder had lunch with the team before returning home to spend time with his family.

“It was touching because the last time we saw him he was lying on the pitch being rescued,” Maehle said. “We knew Christian was fine, but it’s completely different to seeing him in real life. “

Denmark lost to Finland and Belgium in their first two games at Euro 2020, but still have a chance to move up from Group B with a win over Russia on Monday at Parken Stadium.

Forward Andreas Skov Olsen said Eriksen’s visit will help the team to focus fully on the game against Russia.

“It was so nice to see him standing right in front of you,” said Skov Olsen. “It’s important for us to know that Christian is doing well so that we can focus on the rest of the tournament. “

Inter Milan, Eriksen’s club, sent an open letter to their player on Saturday, thanking him and expressing their support. It is not known at this point if Eriksen will return to the Serie A club.

“These weren’t normal days, the ones we counted from Saturday, those times that felt so long and insane to us, where all we wanted was for it to be a bad dream. Fortunately, we wake up even from the worst nightmares, ”the letter read.

“In the respectful silence of these days, we have condensed all our thoughts, prayers, even sighs: those of relief, for photos and updates coming from a place we didn’t know until then. a few days, the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.

“Tuesday morning, the best moment came: a photo, a smile, a helping hand. And a liberating message: “Hello everyone, many thanks for your messages from around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. I’m fine “.

“You were there, Christian Eriksen.

“Another step forward was taken on Friday: The operation, the discharge from the hospital, and the visit to his teammates: ‘It was incredible to see the quantity of messages that you dedicated to me. The operation went well and, given the circumstances, I’m fine. It was wonderful to see my teammates again after the big game they played last night, and I will obviously be cheering them on Monday against Russia. ‘

“We didn’t stop devoting our thoughts to Christian, not even for a moment, silently respecting such a delicate and personal moment.

“At the same time, however, the expressions of affection were plentiful, they were beautiful and natural.

“As the game between Denmark and Finland resumed in Copenhagen on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi both entered the pitch with Belgium and Morocco, dedicating their goals to Eriksen. “Chris, I love you,” Romelu shouted at the cameras in a message. Tributes have come from around the world, South Korea and goals from Son Heung-min, Christian’s Tottenham teammate.

“The chills of fear have turned to relief in the last few days. And in emotion: the enormous jersey n ° 10 presented before Denmark against Belgium, in this same stadium as on Saturday. The match ended after 10 minutes when the supporters also applauded the players on the pitch, including Romelu Lukaku. The banners, the shirts shown by the supporters, and the national teams who all dedicated a thought to our No.24.

“These are all moments that constitute the strongest and most sincere embrace for Christian Eriksen.

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