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Less than a week on from suddenly collapsing on the pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash against Finland, Christian Eriksen paid his teammates a surprise visit on Friday.
The Inter playmaker was released from hospital in Copenhagen on Friday and that same day he went to visit his teammates at a training session.
Eriksen’s Danish teammates explained on Saturday how Eriksen unexpectedly turned up to the training facilities and hugged the players, explaining to them that he was continuing to feel better.
The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch and this week had an ICD – implantable cardioverter defibrillator – fitted to help control his heart rhythms.
Christian Eriksen left a hospital in Copenhagen on Friday after his health condition stabilised
It remains unclear if Eriksen will be able to play football again, but the overwhelming feeling remains that of relief that emergency life-saving treatment was successful and that his health condition has been stabilised.
Midfielder Christian Norgaard explained, in quotes carried by ESPN : "I didn't know he was coming, so we stopped the training session when he arrived.
"He seemed to be in good spirits, and it gave a good energy to the team. We were allowed to give him a hug, and it was great to see him walk around with his son. It was a good day in many ways. It was what we needed."
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Defender Joakim Maehle added: "It was emotional because the last time we saw him he was lying there on the field being saved.
"We knew that Christian was OK, but it's completely different to see him in real life."
Denmark are in a tricky position in their group having been edged out 1-0 by Finland and 2-1 against Belgium in their opening two group games.
However, there is still an opportunity for the Danes to advance to the knockout stages – but they must defeat Russia in their final group game.
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Denmark forward Andreas Skov Olsen believes Eriksen’s visit was a timely boost for the squad ahead of that crucial game.
Skov Olsen said: "It was so nice to see him standing right in front of you.
"It's important for us to know Christian is OK so we can concentrate on the rest of the tournament."
Eriksen’s club side Inter have also penned an open letter to the player.
The letter reads: "They weren't normal days, those that we counted from Saturday, from those moments that seemed so long and without sense to us, when all we wanted was for it to be a bad dream. Fortunately, we wake up from even the worst nightmares.
"In the respectful silence of these days, we have condensed all our thoughts, our prayers, even our sighs: Those of relief, for the photos and the updates coming from a place we didn't know until a few days ago, the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.
"On Tuesday morning the best moment came: A photo, a smile, a thumbs up. And a liberating message: "Hello everyone, big thanks for your messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. I'm fine".
"There you were, Christian Eriksen.
"Another step forward was taken on Friday: The operation, the discharge from the hospital, and the visit to his teammates: 'It was incredible to see the amount of messages you have dedicated to me. The operation went well and, considering the circumstances, I am fine. It was wonderful to see my teammates again after the great match they played last night, and I will obviously cheer for them on Monday against Russia.'
"We have not stopped dedicating our thoughts to Christian, not even for a moment, silently respecting such a delicate and personal moment.
"At the same time, however, the expressions of affection were many, they were beautiful and natural.
"While the match between Denmark and Finland restarted in Copenhagen on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi both took to the field with Belgium and Morocco, dedicating their goals to Eriksen. "Chris, I love you" Romelu shouted to the cameras in a message that has reverberated everywhere. The tributes came from all corners of the world, all the way from South Korea and the goals of Son Heung-min, Christian's teammate at Tottenham.
"The shivers of fear turned into relief over these last few days. And into emotion: The huge No. 10 shirt shown before Denmark vs. Belgium, in that same stadium as on Saturday. The game stopped after 10 minutes when fans applauded as well as the players on the pitch, including Romelu Lukaku. The banners, the jerseys shown by the fans, and the national teams who all dedicated a thought to our No. 24.
"These are all moments that make up the strongest and most heartfelt embrace for Christian Eriksen.
"Forza Chris, Inter and all the interisti are with you!"