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Virgil Van Dijk expected return date from injury remains a big concern for the Liverpool Football club fans as he is one of the crucial name in the long injury list Liverpool had early this season.
Liverpool suffer serious injury woes as they struggle with injuries in their quest to become the only second team in the history of English Football to defend the Premier League Title.
Virgil Van Dijk Injury details
The Netherlands international Van Dijk picked up an ACL injury as he was forced out early on a 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby.
The Liverpool center back Virgil Van Dijk, who is arguably the best defender in the current Football, was tackled by Jordan Picford and forced off just 11 minutes in the game. He was replaced by Joe Gomez as the 29 years old limped his way outside of the field.
Although initially after the game, there was no official word from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp about the extent of the injury, but later it was revealed that Virgil sustained a ligament injury and had to go through a surgery which would keep him on sidelines for months. This came as a big blow to the Liverpool.
Liverpool posted a statement and confirmed that he needed a surgery. Later Van Dijk gave his statement to the club’s official website and said that he’s focused on returning to fitness as quickly as possible.
This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday.
I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.
Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or the lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.
I’d like to thank everyone for the messages of support, it’s meant a huge amount to me and my family, and I’ll now be doing everything possible to support my teammates in any way I can ahead of a big few weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day. I’ll be back.Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk expected injury return date
Although the club has not gave an official statement on the timescale of Van Dijk return, the injury of similar extend is supposed to keep player out for upto 8 months.
Van Dijk has ruptured his ACL, which is one of the serious and most concerning injuries in a player’s career. This is one of the injury that almost takes a season away from a player.
Jurgen Klopp was not impressed with the decision made towards the tackle. He said it was clear and obvious penalty, however the penalty was ruled out because Van Dijk was found offside by the slightest of margins.
The VAR did not intervene and Pickford got away with the tackle. However the 26 years old English goalkeeper is sorry for ruining Van Dijk’s season.
This is what Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has to say about Pickford’s challenge.
“Everyone keeps asking us about it so I’m guessing it’s a red card. It mustn’t be a good challenge, To be fair, Jordan came up and apologized to me after the game and to tell Virgil”.
“It mustn’t be great. But yeah, not just that incident, we created so many good chances to score and overall we should’ve won the game.”Jordan Henderson
Other Liverpool Injuries
Liverpool have had a serious injury troubles this season as their star full back Trent Alexander-Arnold was sidelined with an injury during a clash against Manchester City.
Similarly, their center back Joe Gomez picked up a training ground injury with England National Football team which could keep him out long term, although the exact extent of the injury is yet not known.
Liverpool will have to depend on 23 years olf Nathaniel Phillips in the heart of the dfense alongside injury prine Joel Matip, who just returned back from an injury himself.
Liverpool were without their new signing Thiago Alcantara for almost two weeks along with Sadio Mane, as they both picked up infamous COVID-19.
Although Mane is fit to play back, Thiago picked another injury after being on the receiving end of a crunching tackle from Richarlison. The Brazlian was sent off with a straight red card.
Alcantara is out most of the Liverpool’s matches since his famous signing from Bayern Munich. However, he is set to return to action after the international break. It puts him in consensus for Liverpool’s next home fixture against the league leaders Leicester City.
Alongside Alcantara, Fabinho is among other Liverpool players sidelined injured. Jurgen Klopp used the Brazilian midfielder as a center back, however he pulled up his hamstring in the first half of the victory against Midtjylland.
Meanwhile their midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out for a while, but he is in good shape in terms of recovery, according to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.