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Liverpool star still recovering from injury picked up in September

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Virgil Van Dijk has opened up on the finger injury he suffered against Norway two months ago.

The Netherlands will play their last World Cup qualifier against Norway on Tuesday. The Oranje need a victory to secure their automatic qualification for the next year’s World Cup.

Ahead of the game, the Netherlands defender Virgil Van Dijk has spoken about an injury he picked up in September.

“The healing is very slow. It was very, very painful. I still strap my finger because it hurts when someone touches it. It was an accident. I tried to pull him.”

Van Dijk suffered the injury when his side faced Norway back in September. In a challenge with Erling Haaland, the Liverpool star injured his finger. The Oranje were eventually held to a 1-1 draw in that game, with Erling Haaland scoring Norway’s only goal.

The Netherlands are currently leading Group G of the qualifiers with 20 points from nine matches. However, Turkey and Norway are following them closely with only two points less.

Despite his minor injury, Van Dijk will be ready for Liverpool’s upcoming league game against Arsenal. 

The Reds will look to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat against West Ham before the international break. However, they might have to play without some of their key players. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Jordan Henderson are all out with injuries, but Mohamed Salah has recovered in time for the match.