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Soccer: Denmark's Christian Eriksen released from hospital

Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen (behind sheets) collapsed on the field from a cardiac arrest during a game against Finland on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/EPA-EFE
Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen (behind sheets) collapsed on the field from a cardiac arrest during a game against Finland on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/EPA-EFE

June 18 (UPI) -- Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen underwent a successful heart operation and was released from a hospital Friday in Copenhagen, the Danish Football Association said.

Eriksen, who collapsed from a cardiac arrest during a game against Finland on Saturday, reunited with his Denmark teammates Friday in Helsingor, Denmark. Danish soccer officials said he will return home to be with family after the team visit.

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"Thank you for the massive number of greetings -- it has been incredible to see and feel," Eriksen said in a statement.

"The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances. It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night. No need to say that I will be cheering them on Monday against Russia."



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Eriksen's heart was restarted with a defibrillator Saturday before he was taken to the hospital. He received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) during his surgery. The small electronic device discharges a jolt to the heart to restore regular heart rhythms.

Denmark lost each of their two games at UEFA Euro 2020, which was postponed by one year due to COVID-19. They battle Russia in their final group stage match at 3 p.m. EDT Monday at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

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