CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN gives the thumbs-up and is all smiles in his hospital bed in the first picture since his horror cardiac arrest.
The 29-year-old shocked the world on Saturday when he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match with Finland.
Christian Eriksen gives thumbs up from hospital bed after cardiac arrestCredit: Instagram @chriseriksen8
He was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator by medics before being rushed from the stadium.
But he has had a miracle recovery and posted a positive update on his health after the scare.
He said on Instagram: “Hello everyone.
“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. ♥️🙏.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”
The medics who rushed onto the pitch to save the midfielder’s life, brothers Morten and Anders Boesen, have received huge praise for their work.
Likewise, Denmark captain Simon Kjaer acted swiftly to prevent Eriksen from swallowing his tongue in the seconds after his collapse.
Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel comforted the player’s wife, Sabrina, on the touchline while he was being treated.
The Leicester star’s dad, Peter, has revealed that he told Sabrina that Eriksen was breathing and talking to medics as she rushed to the pitchside in tears.
The 29-year-old’s international team-mates formed a barrier around him to allow medics to begin treatment away from the eyes of fans and cameras.
Finnish fans also handed over their flags to allow Eriksen to be carried off the pitch behind a cover.
And the fallout has continued over whether it was correct to show images of him receiving CPR on the pitch.
Furthermore, questions are being asked of Uefa amid claims they threatened Denmark with a FORFEIT if they refused to see out the game with Finland soon after the incident.
Former keeper Schmeichel, 57, told GMB: “They said the players insisted on playing. I know that not to be the truth. Or that’s how you see the truth.
“They were left with three options. One was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.
“The next one was to come in [on Sunday] at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes.
“And the third option was to forfeit the game and lose 3-0.
“So, you know, work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had.”
Finland, the huge underdogs ahead of the game, secured a 1-0 win in Copenhagen thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo’s goal after the restart.
Soon after the final whistle, it emerged that Eriksen was in conversation with doctors and urging his team-mates to do well at the Euros.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said: “Christian was concerned about us and his family.
“He said, ‘I don’t remember much, I’m more concerned about how you guys are doing. I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I’m about to go training now, boys’.
‘That’s typical Christian. He’s a hell of a player, but what a person he is as well.
“He would like us to play. It was good to see him smile and we will try to get ourselves together and play for Christian.”
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