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Koeman claims Liverpool defender Van Dijk 'has been playing with two broken ribs for weeks'

The Dutch defender will sit out tonight’s friendly with Belgium, but his international manager believes he should be fine to return for the Reds this weekend.

Netherlands captain Van Dijk.
Netherlands captain Van Dijk.
Image: firo Sportphoto/Jürgen Fromme

VIRGIL VAN DIJK will be fit to feature in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch captain was ruled out of tonight’s friendly with Belgium after their football association confirmed he was still suffering from a rib injury sustained in Liverpool’s meeting with Southampton last month.

The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s Nations League win over Germany – scoring the opener in a 3-0 win – before returning to his club for further treatment.

And, speaking to De Telegraaf, his international manager claimed: “Virgil has been playing with two broken ribs for weeks and has been constantly injecting to play at Liverpool in recent weeks.

“He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week. He’s taken a rest. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he would play only the Germany game and then after that go back to Liverpool. He is ready to play next weekend.”

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