Liverpool boost: Van Djik begins new rehab phase

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It is still unknown how long the Netherlands worldwide will be in recovery but former Liverpool striker and Ballon d'Or victor Michael Owen believes that the 29-year-old could be available during the key home-run period of the season.

And the 29-year-old Dutch centre-back sustained an ACL injury in his right knee and has successfully undergone surgery. His options in midfield will be limited further if Henderson is ruled out as Fabinho is certain to miss the game with a thigh injury while Thiago Alcantara is also a major doubt due to a knee problem and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a long-term absentee.

"But it's when you get into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it's when you play Manchester City at Anfield, things like that, then you can't have any passengers in your team".

"Always reliable in Oranje and he got Netherlands on their way to victory tonight... a good performance from the Liverpool man".

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Liverpool's injury crisis has worsened with the news Rhys Williams was left out of the England under-21 squad as a precaution due to a hip injury, while forward Mohamed Salah has once again tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the new ligament takes several weeks to heal and it is around four to six months before an elite athlete can regain the full functionality of the knee - strength, agility and the positioning of the knee under intense pressure.

A number of Liverpool fans have welcomed an injury update on Virgil van Dijk emerged on Thursday night. "It's a huge blow".

Salah tested positive for coronavirus while on worldwide duty with Egypt on Friday and has once again returned a positive exam on Wednesday. "From a Premier League point of view, I still think they can get by in virtually every game".

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