Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an implantable device to monitor his heart rhythm following his collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener last weekend.
- Denmark’s team doctor says the ICD is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances
- Belgium and Denmark will stop to applaud at the 10th minute of their upcoming match in honour of the shirt number Eriksen wears
- Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand says he expects Eriksen will be watching the game from hospital “in his [Denmark shirt]”
Eriksen remains in a Copenhagen hospital close to the stadium after suffering cardiac arrest against Finland on Sunday (AEST).
Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen said an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) was necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD,” Dr Boesen said in a statement.
“This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.”
Meanwhile, Belgium’s players will kick the ball out of play in the 10th minute of their Euro 2020 match against Denmark so the stadium can pay tribute to Eriksen with a minute’s applause.
The fans at Parken Stadium are planning a loud ovation for Eriksen in the 10th minute of the Euro 2020 game because the midfielder wears the number 10 shirt for Denmark.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku said both teams will stop playing to join in the tribute.
“We will kick the ball out for a throw-in to stop and applaud and mark this moment,” Lukaku said.
Lukaku is teammates with Eriksen at Inter Milan and said he “cried a lot” before the Russia game after hearing about the collapse.
Lukaku scored twice in that game and ran to a TV camera after the first goal to shout “Chris, Chris, Strength boy, I love you” in a mixture of Dutch and English.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said he expects Eriksen to be able to hear the tribute from his hospital bed, and that the midfielder will probably be watching on TV.
“I think he’ll be in his [Denmark] shirt and watching the game,” Hjulmand said.
Lukaku said he has exchanged text messages with Eriksen since the incident but was told it wasn’t yet possible to visit him in the hospital.
The striker warned, though, that he won’t take it easy on Denmark when play starts.
“We must also not forget that we have to win a game,” Lukaku said.
The Finnish team, who played against the Danes in the match Eriksen where collapsed, continued to show support for him with a pre-match gesture in their following match against Russia.
Players ran out for their warm-up in the St Petersburg stadium before stripping off their tops to reveal T-shirts carrying the message “Get well, Christian!”.