Van Dijk misses start of the season Southampton due to ‘virus’
Virgil van Dijk is missing in the selection of Southampton for the seizoensopening of Saturday against Swansea City.
According to coach Mauricio Pellegrino faces the 26-year-old Dutchman with a virus. “He has, therefore, two days are not able to train.”
Van Dijk had recently an official transferverzoek in at the Premier League club. He would set his sights have set on a move to Liverpool.
“My response is the same as three weeks ago. We expect that he’s going to work out, because we needed him as a player,” said the Spanish coach at a press conference.
“Hopefully it changes, he still believes. The club is made clear from the start been against him. We can not keep everything under control. Virgil is part of our club. He still has a contract, but now we have to wait and see.”
Southampton put Van Dijk from the previous month, still from the selection, because he because of his transferwens not one hundred percent focused on his current club.
Van Dijk, with Southampton still have a contract until 2022. He plays since the summer of 2015 for the middenmoter, which he took over from Celtic. In the Netherlands, Van Dijk until 2013 active for FC Groningen.
The new Premier League season begins Friday night with the game between Arsenal and Leicester City at 20.45 hours. Southampton plays Saturday at 16.00 hours against Swansea City.
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