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UEFA Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen to be fitted with heart restarting device

Tom Gott
Christian Eriksen is recovering from a heart attack
Christian Eriksen is recovering from a heart attack / FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/Getty Images
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Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen will be fitted with a device which will monitor his heart rate and can control any abnormalities with minor electric shocks.

The Dane is recovering well in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during his country's 1-0 defeat to Finland and has stressed his desire to figure out what caused the traumatic event.

He continues to undergo tests, but in the meantime, the Danish national team have confirmed that he will be fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator which will help keep his heart rate balanced after the cardiac arrest.

"National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Christian Eriksen and this is the latest status," a statement on Twitter read.

"After Christian has been though 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.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen will be fitted with a ICD / Friedemann Vogel - Pool/Getty Images

"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."

Eriksen will undergo surgery to fit the ICD, which uses small shocks to control his heart rate and can detect whenever there are any alarming changes, such as going into cardiac arrest. Should it sense a dangerous rhythm, the ICD will deliver another shock to try get things back to normal.

Belgium will pay their respects towards Eriksen and Denmark by kicking the ball out of play in the tenth minute of Thursday's meeting between the two teams - with 10 being Eriksen's shirt number.

"You're going to have a full capacity crowd - this is about a celebration in football and for Christian," said Belgium boss Roberto Martinez (via Sky Sports News).


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