Virgil van Dijk had scored four goals this season before injury
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has given fans a further update on his rehab from injury, sharing a video of himself kicking a football again.
In the clip, filmed at the club’s training facilities, he’s seen quickly tapping the ball from one foot to the other so, while it is technically ball work, it’s a long way off the type of kicking you would see him execute in a match.
Van Dijk hasn’t played since picking up an ankle injury in January and, given Southampton’s season will be finished in less than a month, it looks unlikely that he will feature again this campaign.
And that means he may have played his last game for the Saints.
Last week the Daily Mirror reported that Arsenal are the latest club interested in signing him while Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool have all been linked with a summer move in the past.
The Dutchman is under contact at St Mary’s until 2022 and was recently made the club’s on-field captain, but that will do little to deter suitors given Southampton’s track record of selling star players.
On positive from van Dijk's injury is that it has given opportunities to Jack Stephens, who has impressed
However should he sold the South Coast club insist it will be for £55 million, according to the Liverpool Echo.
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