Liverpool have sent Virgil van Dijk to see a specialist on Sunday as they are fearing the worst for their star defender. The Dutch international was forced off the pitch early on during Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw (2-2) with Everton. Van Dijk collided with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who did not receive any booking for the offence.
After he tried to play on, Van Dijk was forced to leave the pitch as he was replaced by Joe Gomez. Van Dijk then spent several hours in an hospital in Liverpool and he was later on spotted leaving the hospitial on crutches. The first medical examination did not reveal the severity of the injury and further examinations were needed on Sunday.
Liverpool want a clear diagnosis for their star player while they refuse to speculate about potential timeframes of absence for Van Dijk. It has been suggested in English and Dutch media that the defender will be out for the rest of the season and that he will need surgery to his knee as it is expected that he has torn his ACL, an injury that has an average recovery time of six to nine months.
UPDATE: Liverpool confirm Van Dijk will miss rest of the season
Liverpool has confirmed that Virgil van Dijk will miss the rest of the season. The Reds have released a statement that the Dutch defender has suffered a heavy knee injury and that he will be out for at least six to nine months. A statement read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton. No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage. 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.”