Part of the selection of the Netherlands at the Euro, Daley Blind did violence to play the match against Ukraine this Sunday (3-2) after the discomfort of Christian Eriksen. The Ajax defender is himself fragile on the heart level.
Like Fabrice Muamba, himself miraculous after a heart attack in the middle of a match, Daley Blind was particularly affected by the serious discomfort of Christian Eriksen on Saturday during the meeting between Denmark and Finland at the Euro. Holder then replaced shortly after the hour mark in the victory of the Netherlands against Ukraine (3-2), the 31-year-old defender confirmed that he had struggled to play.
“What happened on Saturday had a huge impact on me. Besides knowing Christian well as a friend, the situation is terrible for him. Of course, I also had some experiences in this area, from so that I had to overcome a mental obstacle to play, “explained the Dutch international to whom a pacemaker was implanted in 2019. In August 2020, the Batave had collapsed in the middle of a friendly match against Hertha Berlin due to a problem with his medical device.
Blind: “I clearly thought of not playing”
Visibly marked by the heart failure of Christian Eriksen, who is now in stable condition, Daley Blind almost forfeited the Netherlands match against Ukraine.
“I had a lot of trouble with that, but I’m proud to have done it. Then all the emotions then resurfaced, the defender told Dutch channel NOS again. I clearly thought not to playing. The pictures and the timing had a lot of impact and I didn’t sleep very well because of it. I really had to overcome a big hurdle to play. “
Blind unable to finish the match
Suffering for several years from inflammation of the heart muscle, Daley Blind confirmed that the images of Christian Eriksen brought back painful memories to his own family.
“There are a number of us who have also known Abdelhak Nouri (victim of a heart attack during a friendly match with Ajax, editor’s note) or who are teammates of Christian. It has so much impact. And also for my family. . My parents, my wife. “
Finally replaced by Nathan Aké during the second period, Daley Blind was hugged by his coach Frank De Boer when he left. “For Daley Blind, it was of course very moving”, even admitted the Dutch technician during his visit to a press conference.
The latest news from the Danish Federation about Christian Eriksen helped reassure all Euro players. But the trauma of this severe heart failure will not go away anytime soon. For Daley Blind as for others close to the Danish playmaker.
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