- The Washington Times - Monday, June 14, 2021

Denmark soccer midfielder Christian Eriksen is in stable condition and is in “a good mood” days after suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch against Finland, his agent told an Italian newspaper.

Eriksen‘s agent, Martin Schoots, told Gazetta dello Sport that doctors continue to perform tests to determine why the 29-year-old collapsed suddenly during Saturday’s game. Denmark’s doctor previously told reporters that Eriksen “was gone” before he was resuscitated.

“We all want to understand what happened to him, he wants to do it, too,” Schoots said. “The doctors are carrying out in-depth examinations. It will take time.

“He was happy because he understood how much love is around,” the agent said. “Messages have reached him from all over the world. … Christian doesn’t give up.”

Eriksen delivered a video message to his three of his teammates Sunday to let them know he is doing OK. He remains under observation in a Copenhagen hospital.

Eriksen also told teammates to focus on Thursday’s match against Belgium.

He told us to look forward, and to look forward to the game on Thursday,” Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said Monday. “That meant a lot. … It gave me a form of energy.”

The team trained on Monday after the players were given Sunday off to process the incident.

“It gives you the feeling that it’s OK to move forward,” Hojbjerg said. “We really want to play on Thursday, to play for Christian and to play for everyone who has supported us.”

An Inter Milan official said Eriksen‘s collapse was not related to receiving the coronavirus vaccine, addressing unfounded rumors that appeared on social media sites. Eriksen, who plays for Inter Milan in Italy, did not have the coronavirus nor was he vaccinated before collapsing Saturday, Inter Milan director Giuseppe Marotta said Sunday.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.



• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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