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Virgil van Dijk’s injury is worse than initially feared, with the damage caused by Jordan Pickford’s challenge going beyond the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Liverpool star is expected to miss the rest of the season through the knee injury, and is awaiting surgery.
The Dutch centre-back, who is vital to the Liverpool set-up, clashed with Pickford in the opening 10 minutes of Saturday’s Merseyside derby, and was immediately taken away for scans.
After he walked off the pitch, there was some hope that the injury wouldn’t be too severe, only for the full extent of the damage to later be confirmed, with it set to leave Van Dijk unavailable for between six to 12 months.
However, now, it appears the news could keep getting worse for the reigning Premier League champions.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, the Liverpool star’s injury is worse than initially feared, and the damage to his knee isn’t restricted to the ACL.
Speaking on his Ask Ornstein show, he explained that the latest revelation – which hasn’t been confirmed by the club – means he won’t play again until next season.
Ornstein said: “It’s my understanding, and it’s not official, that the damage to Virgil van Dijk’s right knee is worse than initially feared, and that It extends beyond the ACL.
“I’m no medical expert, so it’s unfair to speculate further or give any more detail, but I wanted to pass it on.
“It does indicate that we won’t see Van Dijk on a pitch until next season.
“He will now undergo surgery – exactly when, we don’t know. That’s a decision for Van Dijk and those around him.
“Through Liverpool and the Dutch national team, they’ll have access to some of the best medics in the world, plenty of options. I’m sure he’s in perfectly good hands.”
Source- Daily And Sunday Express
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