The Liverpool defender’s own decision has ruled Virgil van Dijk out of Netherlands for Euro 2020.
Van Dijk has ruled himself out of this summer’s European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action.
He is planning for a pre-season comeback with Liverpool in time for the 2021-22 campaign.
The Netherlands captain ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a “stupid” crash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in October.
He could not play for the rest of the season and has been recuperating on the side-lines since.
In his determined rehabilitation, fortunately, the 29-year-old has been progressing well.
News photographs have even captured him working with a ball at Liverpool’s Kirkby training ground, where he returned for light training. Besides these, the defender has been posting videos of himself running outside.
Van Djik out of Netherlands for Euro 2020
His quick recovery gave fans hope that Van Djik may join Frank de Boer’s Dutch squad for this summer’s tournament.
Van Dijk, though, has now spoken to clarify his position.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Van Dijk disappointed fans’ ardent desire to see him return from injury soon.
He debated over his Euro 2020 chances: “In this latest stage for myself, I have come to a decision that I had to make: would I be involved in the Euros, yes or no?”
He answered his own question decisively: “With everything that is going on, I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the off-season.”
The Dutch captain will not risk Euro 2020 with Netherlands and instead, focus on reaching full fitness for next season.
“So, the full focus will be on pre-season with the club and that’s a realistic goal, so I am looking forward to that,” he declared.
“Obviously I am very gutted to miss the Euros, to miss the European Championship and leading out my own country there, but things have been like they have and I have to accept it – we all have to accept it,” he continued.
“I think the decision to not go is the right decision in the grand scheme of things. It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.”