Virgil van Dijk injury update: Liverpool centre-back has been playing with two broken ribs, claims Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman

Virgil van Dijk has been playing with two broken ribs for the past few weeks, according to Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman.

The Liverpool centre-back will not feature in his country’s friendly with Belgium tonight after being released back to his club, however Koeman still expects van Dijk to start the Premier League fixture against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Van Dijk played 90 minutes for Holland against Germany

Van Dijk was forced off during last month’s victory over Southampton and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has since claimed he is struggling with a ‘bruised rib’ suffered before the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

But, according to Koeman, the injury is more serious than Klopp is letting on.

“Virgil has played with two broken ribs in the last weeks,” the Holland boss was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Van Dijk came off holding his ribs against Saints

“He wanted to play against Germany and you have to give that club something back now.”

Van Dijk, the world’s most expensive defender, has played the full 90 minutes four times since coming off against the Saints – against Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City for the Reds and in Saturday’s Nations League victory over Germany for Holland.

“He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week,” Koeman added.

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“He’s taken a rest. He spoke to the manager.

“The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

Virgil van Dijk has been playing with two broken ribs for the past few weeks, according to Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman.

The Liverpool centre-back will not feature in his country’s friendly with Belgium tonight after being released back to his club, however Koeman still expects van Dijk to start the Premier League fixture against Huddersfield on Saturday.https://shaddyvibez/pa0g8r-b0I

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Van Dijk played 90 minutes for Holland against Germany

Van Dijk was forced off during last month’s victory over Southampton and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has since claimed he is struggling with a ‘bruised rib’ suffered before the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

But, according to Koeman, the injury is more serious than Klopp is letting on.

“Virgil has played with two broken ribs in the last weeks,” the Holland boss was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Van Dijk came off holding his ribs against Saints

“He wanted to play against Germany and you have to give that club something back now.”

Van Dijk, the world’s most expensive defender, has played the full 90 minutes four times since coming off against the Saints – against Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City for the Reds and in Saturday’s Nations League victory over Germany for Holland.

“He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week,” Koeman added.

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“He’s taken a rest. He spoke to the manager.

“The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

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