Virgil Van Dijk is back to playing football after 285 days off due to a horrific injury that damaged his ACL

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk was injured following a heavy challenge during a Premier League match and he’s been away from football since then. Virgil Van Dijk damaged his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during a match against Everton nine months ago but now he is back on the pitch, he appears delicate on the ball, he still lacks confidence, and fans are a bit worried. To learn more about how VVD got injured while playing against Everton. Click here.

It was Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that injured VVD with an aggressive tackle; over 9 months later and with lots of rehabs, the defender is back to help his team to win another Premier League title.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, 30, played for the first time in 258 days in front of Liverpool fans today. He was substituted in at the 70th minute of the pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin. His recovery was painful and fans are still worried about his condition, they fear that he wouldn’t be 100 percent again. However, the most important thing is that he is back and ready to fight with his teammates.

“285 days ago, I started on a journey back towards playing. It’s hard to express how I am feeling, but it’s important to me that I say I feel blessed to have had the support of so many incredible people. The surgeon, my physios, coaches, and staff who have been with me in my corner since day one. My teammates for giving me energy and keeping my head up. The fans for their love, support, and encouragement. And most of all, my family because without them, I’d be nothing. To all of you, thank you. The work doesn’t stop now. It’s only just starting. We keep going.” – VVD wrote on his Instagram page.

FA: No punishment for Jordan Pickford for the tackle on Virgil Van Dijk

For Liverpool fans who missed the pre-season game v Hertha Berlin, you can watch the match highlight below.

Liverpool lost 3 – 4 to Hertha Berlin