Virgil van Dijk provides injury update as defensive crisis worsens for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has provided Liverpool fans with an update on his recovery from a ruptured cruciate ligament.

The Dutchman has been ruled out for the season following a challenge he suffered in the Merseyside derby.

He is not expected back in training until April at the earliest, and even then it will take some time to get back up to match fitness.

But the 29-year-old is doing everything he can to return to the team.

And his latest update on social media will give fans reason to be positive, though he is about where he should be at this stage of his recovery.

Van Dijk posted a video of him cycling on his Twitter account as he enters week 10 of his recovery.

Van Dijk is recovering from the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in October

After successfully undergoing surgery at the end of October on his knee and is being closely monitored by Liverpool medical staff.

The nature of the injury is so severe that, if left untreated, it could leave other areas of the knee badly damaged.

The next stage of his recovery will see him start utilising the swimming pool at Liverpool’s training complex.

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That should go ahead in the middle of January if all goes to plan in the meantime.

However, there will be at least four more months before Van Dijk will likely be allowed to get back to playing football.

Liverpool have a defensive crisis through injuries

His injury update comes amid a fresh defensive crisis at Liverpool after Joel Matip was ruled out for a considerable amount of time.

With Joe Gomez also injured, there are no senior centre-backs at Anfield with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson likely deputies for the foreseeable future.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are Liverpool’s back-up options but have little experience in the Premier League.

And with the likes of Manchester United, Leicester and Everton hounding them down in the table, Klopp cannot afford any slip-ups if he wants to retain the title.

Despite the Reds down to the bare bones, splashing the cash on a replacement in January does not appear to be at the forefront of their mindset.

However, that has not stopped Schalke star Ozan Kabak being heavily linked with an Anfield switch.

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