Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen’s cradiologist during his stint with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has said that the Denmark midfielder had no prior heart issues. The 29-year-old suddenly collapsed during his side’s match vs Finalnd on Saturday.
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsed suddenly during his side’s match vs Finland on Saturday (AP Image)
- Christian Eriksen’s former cardiologist Dr Sanjay Sharma said the midfielder had no heart issues in the past
- Denmark’s Eriksen collapsed suddenly in his side’s match vs Finland and received CPR before being taken to hospital
- It was my job to screen him and we tested him every year: Sharma
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who was hospitalised after collapsing during his side’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, had no prior heart issues during his time with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, his former cardiologist Dr Sanjay Sharma has said.
The 29-year-old collapsed in the 42nd minute of the match while running near the left touchline after a Denmark throw-in and was given life-saving cardiac massage treatment on the pitch, with officials later saying that the player was stable and awake.
Dr Sharma of St. George’s University of London said Eriksen had returned normal tests since 2013, but the sight of the Inter Milan playmaker falling to the ground had briefly raised concerns that doctors had missed something.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God? Is there something there that we didn’t see?’ But I have looked at all the test results and everything looked perfect,” Sharma told The Mail on Sunday.
“From the day we signed him, it was my job to screen him and we tested him every year. So certainly his tests up to 2019 were completely normal, with no obvious underlying cardiac fault. I can vouch for that because I did the tests.”
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba said that Eriksen’s collapse brought back painful memories of his cardiac arrest on the pitch in an FA Cup match in 2012. The ex-England under-21 midfielder had to retire soon after at the age of 24.
“It brought back stuff that I have put down in me, this emotion that’s down there. To watch it from that distance and not know what was going to happen,” Muamba told the BBC.
“It was scary, but credit to the medical staff. They have done an amazing job on Christian. I like how his team mates got together to protect him.
“I hope things turn out to be OK for him. I hope he will come through.”
As it turns out, Christian Eriksen reportedly had a video call with his Denmark teammates and urged them to resume the match against Finland. Eriksen was on FaceTime with his mates who had earlier formed a circle to ensure privacy while he was being treated by medical staff at the stadium.
Later, Finland made sure there was an upset as early as the second day of Euro 2020 as they defeated Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen. In their first-ever appearance at European Championship, Finland secured 3 points in their Group B match that was overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s shocking collapse on the pitch.
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