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Van Dijk makes appearance for U-23 team

Van Dijk makes appearance for U-23 team

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk played the full 90 minutes for the club’s U23s as they lost 4-0 to Aston Villa at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

It was Van Dijk’s first competitive action in a Southampton shirt this season after a summer in which he put in a transfer request at the club and trained on his own.

He has since been reintegrated into the senior squad after making it clear he wanted the club to take up the interest from Liverpool, who issued a public apology in June following suggestions of an improper approach for the centre-back.