Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has an exact timeline as Virgil van Dijk gears up for his return. The Liverpool defender has been out for months.
Virgil van Dijk will return from injury in the first half of 2021, it seems. That’s according to Frank de Boer, anyway.
Van Dijk picked up a serious knee injury way back on October 17th after an awful ‘tackle’ from Jordan Pickford. The result was surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process.
We haven’t seen the defender in action since but it sounds as though he’s getting relatively close to an end date for that rehab. Frank de Boer, who coaches the Netherlands’ national side, has a specific time in mind.
“His recovery is going according to plan,” he said, per the Athletic. “We know he has eight weeks left. I don’t know if that’s enough for him to be ready for the Euros.”
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“I have spoken to him, he’ll soon be returning to training, but there can be all kinds of setbacks.
“A week or two of setbacks could mean he cannot play any games for Liverpool still this season.”
What RTK has to say
Eight weeks means Van Dijk would be through the rehabilitation process around May 19th. That’s just after Liverpool play away at Burnley in their penultimate game of the season.
The only remaining fixture is at Anfield against Crystal Palace. With fans planned to be there, that would be a fantastic return.
There is one other potential game, of course – the Champions League final. Liverpool would still need to get there but we can dream.
Now, obviously, we were hoping Van Dijk would be back a little sooner than this. Instead, we’ll likely just get one game out of him, probably from the bench.
That’s the best-case, anyway. No need to take any risk with a few games left of the campaign, so we can only imagine Liverpool use him if he’s 100% ready.
And that’s eight weeks away, apparently. It could be a nice high on which to end the season.