AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Virgil van Dijk stated he was excited to be again with the Netherlands group after being sidelined for nearly a 12 months with a knee damage, having been restored as captain for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in opposition to Norway.
“It seems like outdated occasions once more, I am very comfortable to be right here,” he advised a information convention earlier than the Dutch group left for Oslo for the Group G tie.
“We’re working in the direction of a vital recreation. I am very excited. It was onerous to observe throughout the European Championship.”
Knee surgical procedure saved Van Dijk sidelined for many of final season plus this 12 months’s Euros, the place the Dutch have been eradicated within the last-16 by the Czech Republic.
Van Dijk, who final performed for his nation in October, might characteristic in three matches in six days, with a house conflict in opposition to Montenegro on Saturday and Turkey subsequent Tuesday to observe the journey to Norway.
The 30-year-old centre again stated no preparations had been made with Liverpool about him presumably sitting out one of many video games to keep away from fatigue.
“I do know for myself what’s necessary. However thankfully we now have sufficient good defenders,” he added.
Coach Louis van Gaal, who begins his third stint answerable for the nationwide group, confirmed Van Dijk would once more captain the aspect.
“Van Gaal brings one thing additional with him,” stated Van Dijk.
“The ambiance is energetic, everyone seems to be sharp and searching ahead to enjoying. However, ultimately, it is about what we present on the pitch. The circumstances look good and we have had good discussions about how we wish to play in opposition to Norway and the way we wish to develop as a group.”
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape City; Modifying by Pritha Sarkar)