Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has promised fans “I'll be back” and vowed to do “everything” to return as quickly as possible from surgery.
The 29-year-od will go under the knife on his knee after Jordan Pickford's horror tackle in the 2-2 Merseyside derby.
A statement posted from Van Dijk's official Twitter page read: “This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday.
“I'm now fully focussed on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.
“Despite the obvious disappointment, I'm a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God's help I'm going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
“In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it's important to try and keep level headed whether going through the highs or the lows.
“With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I'm ready for the challenge ahead.
“I'd like to thank everyone for the messages of support, it's meant a huge amount to me and my family, and now I'll be doing everything possible to support my team-mates in any way I can ahead of a big few weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day.
“I'll be back.”
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