Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season, according to his Netherlands manager Frank de Boer.
And although he is believed to be on the right track for recovery, it seems as though there will still be some weeks ahead before the 29-year-old will be able to play again.
And there appears to be serious doubts that he will be ready in time for this summer’s European Championships.
De Boer was asked about Van Dijk ahead of his side’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Turkey on Wednesday.
And he replied: “I can understand they (Liverpool) don’t want to put any pressure on Virgil at all and neither do we.
“His recovery is going according to plan. We know he has eight weeks left. I don’t know if that’s enough for him to be ready for the Euros.
“I have spoken to him, he’ll soon be returning to training, but there can be all kinds of setbacks. A week or two of setbacks could mean he cannot play any games for Liverpool still this season.
“Anything he can contribute to Liverpool and possibly us would be a bonus. I’m not counting on it right now. But if it did happen, it would be fantastic for the national team.”
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Van Dijk has been a huge loss for the Reds this season, and it would also come as a bitter blow to him and the Netherlands if he were to miss out on the Euros.
Jurgen Klopp, however, is insistent that Van Dijk is not to be rushed back into action, and is believed to be determined to prevent him from featuring for his nation until he is 100% fit and ready to do so.