Virgil van Dijk has posted an update from his latest rehabilitation session, showing the defender is hard at work getting back toward full fitness.
The big Dutch defender has been out since the Merseyside derby and is expected to miss the majority, if not all, of the 2020/21 season with his knee injury.
His operation went well and he’s back in recovery work now, as he looks to strengthen his leg muscles were possible and remain in overall top shape elsewhere.
Posting to Twitter, Van Dijk showed himself working out at the Training Centre in Kirkby, with club staff in attendance as he moved through his rehab exercises.
One of the notable images shows him in one of the aquatic treadmills which has been purpose-installed at our new training base, with underwater cameras allowing both player and medics to monitor his movements without being load-bearing on the knee.
Working harder than ever.. pic.twitter.com/ooh7kOSxnn
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 4, 2020
However, Van Dijk is also clearly doing some work on his leg too, with the right knee remaining bandaged but being put through its paces.
This could be partially to ensure minimal muscle wastage in the quads, but it’s likely at this point that he’s also starting to work on the knee and strengthening other muscles around it as he is walking comfortably unaided.
Work towards full fitness continues ?
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 4, 2020
A week from now, with perhaps Ox back, Trent and Naby already involved and Alisson close too, the squad situation could look markedly improved – and Van Dijk’s long road to his own return will be a step closer to the end, too.