Virgil van Dijk tells Southampton fans how severe his injury is

Southampton star Virgil van Dijk says his injury isn't a major concern.

Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk has told The Sun that his injury is not 'really bad' having been sent home from the Netherlands squad.

Van Dijk, 24, joined the Saints on deadline day having starred with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, and he has made a superb start to life in the Premier League.

His displays in the top flight have now been rewarded with a regular place in the Netherlands squad, but it hasn't been the greatest time for Danny Blind's men, who have failed to qualify for next summer's European Championships.

Now, the Netherlands are preparing to face Germany in a friendly this week, but will have to take on the world champions without defender Van Dijk.

The Saints ace has suffered a knee injury, which has led to him leaving the Netherlands camp in order to return to Southampton and assess his knock.

Van Dijk has now told The Sun that there is nothing serious about his injury, telling Southampton fans that he is fine after a slight niggle, suggesting that he should be fit in time to face Stoke City in the Premier League next weekend.

"It's fine," said Van Dijk. "I didn't want to force it in the second half because it's a friendly. I am very confident I will be OK. It's a niggle on the side of my knee. It's not something really bad," he added.

Van Dijk's displays alongside Jose Fonte in the heart of the Southampton defence have been a major boost for manager Ronald Koeman, and he will certainly be hoping that Van Dijk's injury is something minor, as the defender has suggested.

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