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Watch out Denmark, Ronaldo is coming

Superstar will be ready for the Euro 2016 qualifying match in Copenhagen, Portugal's national coach has announced.

Watch out Denmark, Ronaldo is coming
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF on September 27th. Photo: Jose Jordan/Scanpix
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Friday called up by national coach Fernando Santos among his 24-man squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark.
 
The Real Madrid striker's absense with a hamstring injury was felt during Portugal's Euro qualifying opener 1-0 defeat at home against Albania, which resulted in coach Paulo Bento losing his job.
 
Bento was replaced last month by Santos, 60, who lead Greece to the quarter-finals of the 2012 European Championship and the round of 16 in the World Cup in Brazil.
 
Ronaldo has recovered from his injury woes with the world player of the year scoring for Champions League holders Real Madrid in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad in Sofia on Wednesday.
 
Denmark's clash against the Ronaldo-led Portugal will take place at Telia Parken stadium on October 14th. Before that, the Danes travel to Elbasan for an October 11th showdown with Albania. 

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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