Virgil van Dijk has begun light recovery rehabilitation as he looks to begin his comeback trail to full-fitness, The Mail reports.
Van Dijk, 27, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last month during the 1-1 draw with Everton after a tangling with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The injury required surgery in London, which Van Dijk reported on October 18 to have been successful. Since then, the Dutchman – who earns £180,000-a-week according to Spotrac – has remained very-much off the radar but has now commenced low impact recovery work as Liverpool’s medical team look to prepare his body for the next stage of rehab.
The report from The Mail is indeed a welcomed boost for supporters with Van Dijk’s regular centre-back partner Joe Gomez also expected to miss the majority of the season with his own long-term knee injury.
It effectively leaves Joel Matip as the club’s only recognised option at centre-back, and it is worth noting that the Cameroonian defender has started just three Premier League matches in the past year.
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Such light training is the standard procedure to strengthen surrounding muscles the knee as closed kinetic chain exercises regain muscle connected to knee, quadricep and hamstring.
However, this hasn’t disheartened a selection of Liverpool supporters who were delighted to see a positive update surrounding Van Dijk – and a number have taken to Twitter to showcase their optimism regarding the latest fitness assessment regarding the irreplaceable Dutchman.