Christian Eriksen likely won’t play football again, cardiologist says
Christian Eriksen is lucky to be alive but is unlikely to play again after suffering apparent cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 tournament, according to a sports cardiologist who previously worked with the footballer at Tottenham.
In dramatic scenes in Copenhagen, the 29-year-old midfielder fell to the ground at Parken Stadium shortly before half-time in Denmark’s game against Finland and was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital .
The first round match was put on hold with players from both sides in distress before resuming around two hours later after Eriksen was reportedly in stable condition. Finland won 1-0.
Professor Sanjay Sharma, professor of sports cardiology at St George’s University in London, said football bodies and doctors were probably “very strict” on allowing Eriksen, who is now part of Italian club Inter Milan, to replay.
Professor Sharma, who worked with Eriksen at Spurs, said: “Obviously, something has gone terribly wrong.
“But they managed to get it back, the question is what happened?” And why did this happen?
“This guy had normal tests until 2019, so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”
Professor Sharma, who chairs the AF Cardiac Expert Consensus Group, said there were several reasons cardiac arrest could have occurred, such as high temperatures or an unidentified condition.
But he said post-match reports that Eriksen was awake in hospital were “a very good sign.”
“I am very happy. The fact that he is stable and alert, his outlook is going to be very good,” he told the PA news agency.
“I don’t know if he will ever play football again.
“Without saying it too bluntly, he’s dead today, albeit for a few minutes, but he’s dead and would the medical professional allow him to die again?” The answer is no.”
Professor Sharma added: “The good news is he will live, the bad news is that he was nearing the end of his career so would he play another professional football game I can’t say.
“In the UK he wouldn’t play. We would be very strict about it.
Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand struggled to hold back tears in his post-match press conference and revealed his side had a choice of either finishing the Group B opener on night or returning on Sunday .
“It was more unmanageable to have to restart tomorrow. It was more unmanageable than going back now and leaving everything behind, ”he said.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team, which takes 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 support each other. It was a traumatic experience. “
After Eriksen collapsed, his teammates formed a shield around the 29-year-old while he was treated and fans from both countries chanted the midfielder’s name.
The football world has come together to send messages of support to Eriksen and his family. Sabrina Kvist Jensen, with whom Eriksen has two children, was consoled on the sidelines by other Danish players and team officials while the midfielder was groomed.
England, which begins its Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia on Sunday, was due to hold a press conference on Saturday night with captain Harry Kane alongside manager Gareth Southgate.
But the Football Association confirmed the press conference was canceled with Kane, who spent eight seasons with Eriksen at Tottenham, writing on Twitter: “Chris. I send all my love to you and your family. Stay strong, mate.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted: ‘Encouraging news regarding Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking of him and his family. Well done to the medical team and (English referee) Anthony Taylor for their calm and quick action. W. “
Later that evening, the Danish teammate at Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku, dedicated his first goal in Belgium’s 3-0 win over Russia in Eriksen, declaring in front of the pitch-side cameras: ” Chris, I love you.
He later told beIN SPORTS: “It was difficult to play because my mind was with my teammate. I hope he is in good health and I dedicate this performance to him.
“I cried a lot because I was scared, obviously.”
Meanwhile, the BBC has apologized following complaints that it continued to broadcast while Eriksen received emergency treatment.
“We apologize to all who were upset by the images shown,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “The coverage in the stadium is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the game was suspended we took our coverage off the air as quickly as possible.”
Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker, who hosted the BBC’s studio coverage of the match, said: “In 25 years of work, this has been the most difficult, painful and emotional show to ever have. which I have never participated in. “
Lineker thanked his colleagues Alex Scott, Cesc Fabregas and Micah Richards, who were at his side for their “professionalism, warmth and empathy”.
Of the host broadcaster’s coverage, Lineker said: “They should have stayed on a large part of the stadium. Apologies. “
Former Tottenham player and manager Glenn Hoddle, who suffered cardiac arrest while working at BT Sport studios in 2018, tweeted: “Thank goodness Christian is doing fine. And to those who have done CPR, it’s simple, you saved his life as I know so well.
Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder who collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match in 2012, tweeted “Please God” following the ‘incident.