Christian Eriksen is recovering in hospital after the Denmark talisman collapsed on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland.
The Inter Milan midfielder, 29, fell to the ground near the touchline as he prepared to receive a throw-in in the 43rd minute of the opening game in Group B.
English referee Anthony Taylor immediately signalled for medical attention as Eriksen’s teammates formed a protective shield around their countryman as he was given CPR.
The Finland players and staff left the field as screens were erected around Eriksen while his partner was consoled by captain Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The midfielder was taken from the field on a stretcher 15 minutes after collapsing before photos began to circulate on social media of him sitting up as he left the pitch.
It was eventually confirmed that Eriksen was stable and communicating in hospital and his teammates gave the go-ahead for the match with Finland to resume.
A UEFA statement read: “Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight.
“The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.
“The match has been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. The player in now in hospital and in a stable condition.
“UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude.”
Before the positive update, Cesc Fabregas said in the the BBC studio: “I don’t even know what to say really.
“My body is shaking. All I can think about is Christian’s family and what they must be going through.
“It’s a very very sad moment and I pray for the very best.
“You realise that it is just a game. We need to enjoy every second and have passion for it but there are things that don’t matter anymore; more important is his health.
“Enjoy what you have in life and be blessed. That is it. This is a big shock and a reminder for all of us.”
Fellow pundit and former England international Alex Scott added: “I can’t believe what we’re witnessing
Eriksen’s former club Tottenham were among the many clubs to send their well-wishes, tweeting: “Get well soon, Christian. The whole Spurs family is with you.”
The midfielder was winning his 109th cap on Saturday as Denmark opened their Euro 2020 campaign.
He had enjoyed a strong end to his domestic season with Inter as the Milan side were crowned Serie A champions. Mirror Football