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Liverpool defender Van Dijk resigns from the European Championship with the Netherlands

The eventual absence of Virgil would open the door for Inter player Stefan de Vrij to accompany Juventus central Matthijs de Ligt in the Dutch defense, although Nathan Aké, from Manchester City, would also have possibilities

Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk announced that he is resigning to play the Eurocup with the selection of Netherlands to complete the rehabilitation of the injury suffered last October.

“Physically I feel that it is the right decision not to go to the European Championship and enter my last phase of rehabilitation when the season is over,” the defender said in an interview published on the Liverpool website. Van Dijk assured that he is “devastated” for missing the continental championship, but “things have gone as they have and I have to accept it, we all have to accept it.”

“I think this decision is definitely the right one to, in my opinion, give my body and knee a little extra time and prepare for at least 18 more months with the club,” said Van Dijk, who has a contract with Liverpool. until summer 2023.

The center-back underwent surgery last October for a serious ligament injury in his right knee suffered in a game against Everton, when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford knocked him out on a split ball. The first information pointed out that the player would miss the remainder of the season and since Netherlands there was hope that it would be available for the Eurocup, which is played between June 11 and July 11.

Van Dijk He commented in the interview that he has undergone rehabilitation with his teammates Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. “We are all outside running and we see ourselves improving, so that helps. We hope to be in shape since the preseason and work for a very good season,” said the center-back.

“Fortunately everyone wants me to come back as quickly as possible, but for me this is going to come back as well as possible and time is not the most important thing,” he commented. The center-back added that, as of September, the Dutch team will be able to return “to qualify for the next tournament”, referring to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

The coach of the “A Clockwork Orange” Frank de Boer announce the preselection of players for the Eurocup next Friday and, on May 28, the final list. It remains to be seen if the other usual central Netherlands, Daley Blind, recovers in time from the torn ankle in his left leg that he suffered last March, in a match against Gibraltar.

His eventual absence would open the door for Inter Milan player Stefan de Vrij to accompany Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt in the Dutch defense, although Nathan Aké of Manchester City would also have possibilities.

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