LIVERPOOL – Virgil van Dijk is expected to be out for sometime after the Liverpool defender damaged his ACL in the Merseyside derby and is schedule to undergo surgery, the club confirmed on Sunday.
Van Dijk was forced off the field after he picked up the knee injury from a nasty, clumsy tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.
“Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton,” the club said in a statement on it official website at www.liverpoolfc.com.
“The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.”
Reports are suggesting that the Holland international will miss the remainder of the season, as he’s likely out for 7-8 months.
However, Liverpool are not putting a time table on when he might return.
“Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed. No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage,” the statement continued.
“Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.”