Ben Davies says Christian Eriksen 'in good spirits'; hopes ex-Spurs team-mate can play again after cardiac arrest

Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen were Tottenham team-mates for six years; Davies revealed he spoke to Eriksen after the Denmark midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest in the Euro 2020 game against Finland; Eriksen was discharged from hospital on Friday and is continuing his recovery at home

Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen, pictured here before the 2019 Champions League final, played together for six years at Tottenham (PA) 1:27
Wales defender Ben Davies revealed he has spoken with former Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen, who is recovering at home following a cardiac arrest during Denmark's game against Finland

Ben Davies says former Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen is in "good spirits" as the Denmark midfielder continues his recovery at home following a cardiac arrest.

Eriksen, who was resuscitated on the pitch against Finland in Denmark's Euro 2020 opener on June 12, was discharged from hospital on Friday after a successful operation to fit a defibrillator implant.

In his absence, and despite losing their opening group games to Finland and Belgium, Denmark remarkably rallied to qualify for the last 16 with an emotional 4-1 win over Russia on Monday night.

The win booked a meeting with Wales on Saturday, and Welsh defender Davies was full of admiration for the way Denmark battled back after the shock of Eriksen's collapse.

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Denmark's Christian Norgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen explain the emotions they felt when they were reunited with Christian Eriksen after he was discharged from hospital

"First of all, they deserve a lot of credit for the way they've handled everything since what happened to Christian. To come back and stand up the way they have has been top," Davies told Sky Sports News.

Davies joined Tottenham in 2014, a year after Eriksen signed, and the pair played together there until the Dane left for Inter in 2020.

On his conversation with Eriksen, Davies added: "It was pretty horrific when it was happening, to not know what was going to happen and how his family was going to be, but I've spoken to Christian since and he seems to be in good spirits.

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Simon Kjaer reflects on team-mate Christian Eriksen's recovery and praises the Denmark fans for their support during the tournament

"The Danish team have really rallied around him. The support he's had in the football world has been incredible, but now is time to give him his privacy, let him recover and hopefully we get to see him back playing football some time soon.

"I'm good friends with Christian. I speak to him regularly, I saw him in Milan last year. He's recovering at home with his family and he's getting better hopefully."

'Wales drawing short straw again'

On Monday, Wales' health minister Eluned Morgan said travel restrictions led police in Amsterdam to state they would not be "letting Welsh fans into the country".

Wales play Denmark in the Dutch capital on Saturday, and having already travelled to Baku and Rome, Davies said it will give the team added motivation to reach the quarter-finals.

Davies said: "It's obviously very disappointing we can't have fans there, especially when you see some stadiums pretty full. We've drawn a short straw there, but we've had it already the last few games. We feel like we're properly up against it but we've got to thrive off it.

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Wales' players have stayed in Rome to take part in a recovery session as they prepare to play Denmark in Amsterdam in the last 16 on Saturday

"You know the support is there, you know they're cheering us on back home. We've got to keep going one step further to try and get them out to support us somewhere."

Wales qualified from Group A as runners-up behind Italy, picking up four points with a draw against Switzerland and victory over Turkey.

Davies said the feeling is similar to that around their Euro 2016 run to the semis, and talked up their achievement of reaching the knockouts this time around after few had backed Wales to qualify.

"It's kind of similar to last time," Davies added. "It hasn't quite sunk in, the achievement we've done again. Getting out of that group, to be honest I don't think too many people gave us hope, but to finish second in it is a really good effort.

"We're in the last 16 again. Time for the real work to start now."

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