Jack Grealish and Aston Villa teammates send support after Christian Eriksen collapses in Euro 2020 game
Aston Villa players have sent messages of support to Christian Eriksen after the former Tottenham star collapsed in a Euro 2020 game.
Eriksen was running to receive a throw-in towards the end of the first half in Copenhagen when he tripped and fell to the ground.
Teammates and referee Anthony Taylor showed immediate concern, medics sprinted and the 29-year-old playmaker appeared to be receiving CPR.
His wife was taken to the pitch and consoled by Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Simon Kjaer as the game was suspended.
Several players left the field in tears as a curtain was drawn around Eriksen.
He was seen to be conscious while on a stretcher off the pitch and has now been transferred to hospital.
UEFA issued a statement saying: “Following the medical emergency involving Danish player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be released at 7.45pm CET.
The player was transferred to the hospital and stabilized. “
The Danish federation posted a message on Twitter which read: “Christian Eriksen is awake and will undergo further tests in hospital. The match is temporarily postponed.”
Villa captain Jack Grealish, who is part of the England squad due to open their campaign against Croatia on Sunday, took to Twitter to give his reaction.
“Eriksen please,” he tweeted with heart and prayer emojis.
Villa defender Ezri Konsa posted: “Pray for Christian Eriksen and his family. “
Likewise, Villa full-back Matty Cash said: “Prayer with Christian Eriksen and his family.”
And Ahmed Elmohamady, who is leaving Villa Park this summer, tweeted: “Eriksen come on you king.”
UEFA subsequently confirmed that the game would resume tonight, at the request of the players following the news that Eriksen is awake and stable.
They said in a Tweet: “The last four minutes of the first half will be played, then there will be a 5 minute break at half time followed by the second half.”