Netherlands captain Virgil Van Dijk set to miss out on friendly against Belgium through injury

Amsterdam: Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has withdrawn from their squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Belgium, less than 24 hours after scoring in the 3-0 win over Germany in the Nations League.

Virgil Van Dijk got on the scoresheet as the Netherlands beat 2014 World Cup winners Germany. Reuters

Virgil Van Dijk got on the scoresheet as the Netherlands beat 2014 World Cup winners Germany. Reuters

Van Dijk, 27, is still feeling the effects of a rib injury suffered playing for Liverpool against Southampton last month and the Dutch football association said in a statement on Sunday that it had been decided he would only play against Germany.

No replacement will be called up for Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels.

Van Dijk got the opening goal for the Dutch on Saturday, before Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum scored late on as they recorded a morale-boosting triumph over their neighbours.


Updated Date: Oct 15, 2018 14:42 PM

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