Graeme Souness fears it will be very difficult for Christian Eriksen to return to football

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Graeme Souness believes it is "highly unlikely" Christian Eriksen will ever return to the pitch after he suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Eriksen, 29, underwent the terrifying ordeal during Denmark's opening Group B fixture against Finland last Saturday.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was treated by medics where he lay before he was taken to hospital, where his condition stabilised.

Denmark's team doctor, Morten Boesen, later confirmed he used a defibrillator and performed CPR to save Eriksen's life.

Souness described Boesen's heroic actions as "incredible", but confessed the incident has likely brought an end to Eriksen's brilliant professional career.

Eriksen has made 109 appearances for Denmark, scoring 36 goals
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The former Scotland midfielder told ITV Sport : "It was incredible to see, I was an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, and they do an incredible job; those that treated Eriksen that night deserve credit.

"Heart disease continues to be the biggest killer in the UK and 29 years ago, a similar problem happened to me and fortunately, I am here to tell the tale just like Eriksen. For me, I find it highly unlikely that Eriksen will play again."

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On Thursday, the Danish Football Union confirmed Eriksen will have a heart starter device (ICD) fitted on the recommendation of healthcare specialists from across the world.

Some fans have noted Netherlands international Daley Blind has an S-IDC fitted due to suffering heart muscle inflammation.

But Souness – who was diagnosed with coronary heart disease aged 38 – insisted the two players' conditions are not comparable, adding: "His condition and Daley Blind’s are very different.

"And for me it would be difficult to see Eriksen play at the level he has done for the past couple of years which is a real shame.

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"Nobody can predict what it will be like today and that is the unfortunate nature of football."

Nonetheless, it was understandably hugely distressing for Blind to see his former Ajax teammate Eriksen collapse.

The former Manchester United defender later said he considered not playing in the Netherlands' opener against Ukraine.

Blind told Dutch outlet NOS : "Yesterday had a huge impact on me. Besides the fact that I know Christian well as a friend, the situation for him is terrible.

"Of course I have also experienced a few things in that area, so that I had to overcome a mental hurdle to play.

"I had a lot of trouble with it, but I'm proud that I did it. Then all the emotion comes out for a while.

"I've definitely thought about not taking part. The images and the moment had a lot of impact and I didn't sleep very well because of them. I really had to overcome a big hurdle to do this."

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