Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen will be fitted with a heart-starting device after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

The Denmark international collapsed on the field in the closing stages of the first half in their Euro 2020 opener against Finland in Copenhagen and had to be resuscitated after his heart stopped for five minutes on the field.

A mural dedicated to Christian Eriksen close to the hospital where the Denmark midfielder is being treated.
A mural dedicated to Christian Eriksen close to the hospital where the Denmark midfielder is being treated. PHOTO/ HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen who revealed the 29-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest now says the ICD is “necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances”.

The former Tottenham man is reported to have accepted the prescription as he continues to recover in hospital.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment,” added Boesen.

Eriksen collapsed on Saturday leading to the suspension of the Group B game, the two sides coming back on the pitch after a 90-minute break as Finland won 1-0, their first win at the European Championship.

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