Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will have a device implanted in his heart after his collapse during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday.
The Danish national team doctor released a statement on Thursday that a heart starter device placed in the heart of the former Premier League star will help prevent a recurrence of cardiac arrest.
Eriksen’s life was saved when CPR was administered to him on the pitch and his heart was re-started with a defibrillator before he was taken to hospital, where he is still recovering.
He will receive an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), a small electronic device, a type of pacemaker, which can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm.
“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD,” doctor Morten 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.”
Denmark face Belgium in Copenhagen in their second fixture of the tournament. Eriksen will be supporting his compatriots from his hospital bed, manager Kasper Hjulmand said.
The talented midfielder would have relished the chance to play against Romelu Lukaku, his teammate at club level with Inter Milan. However, the Belgian talisman said his side will put the ball out of play on the 10-minute mark. This is to allow fans and players to pay a tribute to Eriksen.