Orange captain Virgil van Dijk has to undergo surgery for the serious knee injury he sustained in the derby against Everton on Saturday. The Liverpool defender will likely have to rehabilitate for quite a few months.
It is unclear whether Van Dijk’s participation in next year’s European Championship will be in danger. Liverpool does not want to make any statements about the recovery time in a statement on the site on Sunday.
According to the English top club, Van Dijk has “damage to the tires in his knee”. Liverpool does not say whether it is torn cruciate ligaments, as various media reported on Saturday.
Van Dijk was injured by a rash tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who has since apologized. The 29-year-old Liverpool player sat on the floor for minutes with a sore right knee and had to be replaced.
Van Dijk is a security at the center of the back at Liverpool. The last time he missed a Premier League game was in early 2018.
The European Championship starts for the Dutch national team next year on June 13. 38-time international Van Dijk has been the captain of Orange since 2018.