Holland boss Frank de Boer risks angering Jurgen Klopp by revealing Virgil van Dijk has EIGHT weeks left of rehab but insists he is ‘NOT putting any pressure on him’ to play in delayed European Championship
- Frank de Boer has broke rank and put a timescale on Virgil van Dijk’s return
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had said there was no estimation on the recovery
- De Boer feels Van Dijk can play in eight weeks but will not rush him for the Euros
- Klopp admitted it was very unlikely for Van Dijk to play for Holland this summer
Holland boss Frank de Boer has risked the wrath of Jurgen Klopp by this week revealing that he understands Virgil van Dijk is just eight weeks away from completing his rehabilitation.
The Holland captain was ruled out for the season in October after being crunched by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby and rupturing his ACL as a result.
Yet Van Dijk has appeared well ahead of process with his recovery period and returned to on-field training earlier in the year at Liverpool’s AXA training base.
Frank de Boer has put a timeframe on Virgil van Dijk’s recovery and said he is eight weeks out
Jurgen Klopp has been quiet regarding the recovery process of his star defender
Klopp has remained coy on his star defender and taken the attitude that Van Dijk will be sidelined for as long as it requires for a perfect recovery, yet this week De Boer has talked up the chances on the centre back making an appearance at the upcoming European Championships.
‘We know he has eight weeks left. I don’t know if that’s enough,’ De Boer told a press conference, as report TeamTalk.
‘I have spoken to him, he is back on the field. There can always be setbacks. A week or two of setbacks could mean he can’t play games for Liverpool [this season].
‘Then I can imagine that they say: “Nice and nice, but you just focus on next season”.
Van Dijk returned to outdoor training earlier in the year and appears to be ahead of schedule
The Dutchman has been working hard in the gym with Joe Gomez who’s also out for the season
‘Ultimately, he must have a good feeling himself. I’m glad he’s on the right track.
‘Anything he can contribute to Liverpool and possibly us would be a bonus. I’m not counting on him right now, but if he did [make it], it would be fantastic for the selection.
‘We will see. I’m not putting any pressure on him at all. He must do it himself and must have confidence in it himself. The choice mainly lies with him.
‘When the moment comes and we know how he is doing, [we will] agree with him what he can do. Then I have to make a decision about it.’
The 29-year-old is reportedly still determined to feature for Holland at this summer’s Euros
He has not played since suffering a horror knee injury against rivals Everton last October
Should De Boer be correct with his eight-week framework for Van Dijk, this would mean the centre back would technically be available for Liverpool’s final games of the season against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Without prior match fitness it appears almost impossible that the Reds would bring back the Dutchman at such a late stage, though a summer of football at the delayed Euro 2020 could be a more realistic possibility.
Holland kick off their tournament against Ukraine on June 13, some four weeks after Van Dijk’s newly projected recovery window ends.
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