Eriksen to be given ICD heart starter after collapsing on pitch at Euro 2020

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Inter Milan and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to be given an ICD 'heart starter' after he collapsed on the pitch during Denmark and Finland's Euro 2020 clash last Saturday.

Eriksen collapsed in the Finnish half after he received a throw-in with no other players around him, and players and medics were quick to resuscitate him and apply CPR.

The former Tottenham star was established before he was taken to Rigshospitalet, which is a short distance from the stadium, and he remains there in a stable condition.

And the Danish FA have provided an update on the players condition.

"After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances," the Danish FA released in a statement on their Twitter.

"Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.

"We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time."

The incident, which was watched by millions, drew comparisons to Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter-final tie between Bolton and Tottenham; Muamba survived but, like Eriksen, he was fitted with an ICD.

Muamba was forced to retire as a result of incident, however, former Manchester United defender Daley Blind was fitted with an ICD in December 2019, and he was able to continue his proffesional career at Ajax.

Denmark play their second game of the Euros on Thursday evening, when they face a highly fancied Belgium side at the Parken Stadium.

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