Christian Eriksen surprised the Denmark national team with a visit in the middle of a training session on Friday and then gave everyone all a hug.
Eriksen was discharged from a Copenhagen hospital on Friday and immediately went to see his teammates at their European Championship base camp outside the capital.
Midfielder Christian Norgaard and defender Joakim Maehle said it came as a big surprise.
“I didn’t know he was coming, so we stopped the training session when he arrived,” Norgaard said.
“He seemed to be in good spirits, and it gave a good energy to the team. We were allowed to give him a hug, and it was great to see him walk around with his son. It was a good day in many ways. It was what we needed.”
The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s first Euro 2020 game against Finland last Saturday and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. His teammates formed a protective wall around him as he was getting treatment to shield him from public view.
He was discharged from the hospital after being fitted with an implantable heart monitoring device that is meant to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Maehle said Eriksen was accompanied by his partner and two young children during his visit. The Inter Milan midfielder had lunch with the team before going home to spend time with his family.
“It was emotional because the last time we saw him he was lying there on the field being saved,” Maehle said.
“We knew that Christian was OK, but it’s completely different to see him in real life.”
Inter Milan, Eriksen’s club, sent an open letter to their player on Saturday, thanking him and expressing support. It is not known at this point whether Eriksen will return to the Serie A club.
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By FARPost Reporter