It has been confirmed that the 29-year-old Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has been taken to hospital and stabilised after collapsing on the pitch of the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen moments before half-time. There are photos of a conscious Eriksen being stretchered off the pitch, wearing an oxygen mask and with his eyes open.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that either Eriksen or one of the medics treating him – and hats off to them, by the way – gave fans the thumbs-up as he left the pitch.

The Danish FA have just reported that Eriksen is “awake”. Thank God for that.

He has been removed from the pitch on a stretcher and a kind Danish reader has emailed to say Christian Eriksen is only 500 metres from the most renowned hospital in Copenhagen, where he will receive the best possible care.

Fabrice Muamba is an English retired professional footballer who played for Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers as a central midfielder.

In March 2012, Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur, from which he recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes. Following medical advice, he announced his retirement from professional football in August 2012.

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