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Denmark player sidelined ahead of Sweden clash

A parcel-opening mishap will force midfielder Leon Andreasen out of the play-offs.

Denmark player sidelined ahead of Sweden clash
Leon Andreasen (right), seen here playing for Hannover, will miss the showdown with Sweden. Photo: Axel Heimken/Scanpix
Denmark midfielder Leon Andreasen will miss his country's Euro 2016 play-off tie with Sweden after cutting himself with a knife, the Danish FA announced on Sunday.
 
Andreasen, who plays for Bundesliga side Hannover, sustained a deep cut to his left hand while trying to open a package, with the extent of the injury forcing the 32-year-old to undergo surgery.
 
“We all know that Leon has had lots of injury problems, which have forced him to miss tournament finals, and now he's the victim of an injury which has nothing to do with football. It's tough for him and a great shame for the team,” Denmark coach Morten Olsen said in a statement.
 
Denmark travel to Sweden for the first leg on Saturday before returning to Copenhagen for the second leg on November 17.

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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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