Virgil van Dijk provides injury update

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An update on his recovery from a ruptured cruciate ligament was given by Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool fans.

Following a struggle he suffered in the Merseyside derby, the Dutchman was ruled out for the season.

Until April at the earliest, he is not expected back in training, and even then it will take some time to get back up to match fitness.

Yet the 29-year-old is doing what he can to get back into the team.

And his new social media update will give fans cause to be hopeful, but at this point of his recovery, he’s about where he should be.

As he reached week 10 of his recovery, Van Dijk shared a video of him cycling on his Twitter account.

Following successful surgery on his knee at the end of October, he is being closely monitored by medical staff in Liverpool.

The essence of the injury is so serious that it could leave other parts of the knee severely affected if left untreated.

The next phase of his treatment will see him starting to use the swimming pool at the training center in Liverpool.

That should go ahead in the middle of January if, in the meantime, everything goes to schedule.

There will, however, be at least four more months before Van Dijk is likely to be able to play football again.

His injury report comes after Joel Matip was ruled out for a substantial period amid a new defensive crisis at Liverpool.

With Joe Gomez also hospitalized, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson deputies for the near future, there are no senior center-backs at Anfield.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are the back-up choices for Liverpool, but they have no Premier League experience.

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