Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has begun light recovery training in an ‘encouraging’ sign over his long-term recovery, according to a report.
The Dutchman faces a race to play again this season after his knee injury in October. He went down with the problem after a hefty collision with Jordan Pickford against Everton.
Liverpool initially gave no timeframe on the problem due to Van Dijk rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. The centre-back, though, did write on social media that he had organised a recovery schedule.
Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that Van Dijk has now begun that rehabilitation alongside a knee specialist. The 29-year-old has begun light recovery training, the first phase of his recovery.
The first part of Van Dijk’s rehabilitation will be crucial in preparing his body for the second phase, which involves more intense work.
And while Liverpool cannot say whether the defender is ahead of schedule, the newspaper says that his initial steps on the road back are an ‘encouraging’ sign.
However, Van Dijk is not the only Liverpool defender battling to overcome a knee injury this season. Joe Gomez will also be out for a significant period after damaging tendons.
The incident happened while on England duty and leaves Reds boss Jurgen Klopp short of back line options.
Indeed, Joel Matip is now his only senior, recognised centre-back, with Fabinho likely to step in once fully fit. There are doubts about the Brazilian’s current stage of recovery from his own hamstring issue, though.
As such, either Nathaniel Phillips or Rhys Williams could partner Matip against Leicester on Sunday.
Liverpool told of Jota intentions
Meanwhile, Diogo Jota’s former teammate has insisted that the forward is moving onto ‘higher’ things after Liverpool.
The Portuguese has made a stunning impact since his Anfield arrival, scoring seven goals in 11 games.
But while he continues to make a mockery of his initial £41million price tag, one of his ex-colleagues has said that the association at Liverpool will not go on long-term.