Monday 21 October 2019

Ronald Koeman reveals Virgil van Dijk is playing through the pain barrier as he returns to Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring for Holland
Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring for Holland
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Holland coach Ronald Koeman has offered up a worrying prognosis of Virgil van Dijk's current injury, as he suggested Liverpool's medical staff wanted the central defender to miss last Saturday's international against Germany.

Van Dijk scored as Holland secured a thumping 3-0 win against the Germans, yet Koeman has suggested Van Dijk's fitness is an ongoing concern after he headed back to Liverpool and opted to skip Tuesday's match against Belgium at the request of Liverpool's medical staff.

"Virgil has been playing with two broken ribs for weeks and has been constantly injecting to play at Liverpool," confirmed Koeman, in an interview with De Telegraaf.

"He insisted on being present against Germany. That's great, because you want internationals who want to be here at the expense of everything.

"The club would have preferred him there, but he said that he wanted to play against Germany. If you get something, you also have to give something back."

Koeman went on to suggest Van Dijk will be fit to play for Liverpool in the Premier League game at Huddersfield on Saturday, despite the ongoing problem.

"The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool," he added. "He is ready to play next weekend."

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