The news every football fan has been waiting for finally came through on Friday afternoon, as the Danish Football Association confirmed that Christian Eriksen has been released from hospital in Copenhagen.
The Inter Milan playmaker collapsed during his country's EURO 2020 opener against Finland after suffering a cardiac arrest, and has been recovering in hospital since after being revived on the side of the pitch.
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He has been fitted with a heart-starting device, also known as an ICD, after the sudden collapse during Denmark's group opener.
The hospital he was receiving treatment in, Rigshospitalet, is situated a mere stone's throw away from the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen where all of Denmark's games are taking place.
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In a statement posted to Twitter, the Danish Football Association said:
Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was today discharged from Rigshospitalet. Today he also visited the national team in Helsingør - and from there he will go home and spend time with his family.
Eriksen himself added a statement of his own, thanking the football community at large for their continued support.
He said that his surgery had been a success and that he was recovering well - and said his thoughts had now shifted to supporting his teammates in their crucial final group game on Monday.
Thank you for the massive number of greetings - it has been incredible to see and feel. The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances.
It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night. No need to say, that I will be cheering on them on Monday against Russia.
The news of Christian Eriksen's release from hospital will put a smile on the face of all football fans. The incident during last Saturday's game was a frightening moment that visibly affected Eriksen's teammates, as well as other countries' players such as Romelu Lukaku and Daley Blind.
Denmark have a must-win game in their final fixture against Russia, but they will again have home advantage in Copenhagen. They can count on the support of their teammate Eriksen.