Liverpool confirmed that its Dutch center-back, Virgil Van Dyck, underwent surgery after suffering a cut in the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee, in his team’s match against Everton, which ended in a 2-2 draw in the fifth round of the Premier League.
The “Reds” did not specify – in his statement – the period of absence of the Netherlands captain, but media reports spoke of a period ranging between 7 and 8 months, which practically means the end of the season for him.
And the Liverpool statement added that after the operation, Van Dyck will begin a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical team, to regain fitness in the near future.
Van Dyck sustained the injury after a strong interference from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, which forced him to leave the field, and was replaced by defender Joe Gomez.
With this draw, Everton maintained the lead with 13 points, while Liverpool raised its tally to 10 points in second place.
Since the misfortunes do not come individually, Van Dyck joins the list of “Liverpool” injuries, which comes at the top of the Brazilian goalkeeper Ellison Becker, and also Thiago Alcantara suffered a severe injury in the match, but the club has not revealed – until now – its size and the period of his absence from the stadiums.
Liverpool – the holder of the English Premier League – is waiting for strong matches in the Premier League in the coming period against its rival Manchester City, in addition to the start of the Champions League matches this week.
Liverpool plays in Group E with Ajax Amsterdam, Italy’s Atlanta, and Dane’s Mitiland.