Liverpool have received a significant boost after Virgil van Dijk was authorised to begin ‘light recovery training’ this week.
Van Dijk was expected to miss the rest of this season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Merseyside derby last month, following his controversial collision with Jordan Pickford.
But according to Mail Sport, the 29-year-old has now commenced low impact training with a view to preparing his body for the second phase of rehabilitation.
It’s understood that Liverpool are still reluctant to place a timescale on his return but have welcomed the defender returning to action.
The Anfield club have suffered several injury problems in defence, with Joe Gomez also set to miss the rest of the campaign with a ruptured patella tendon suffered on England duty last week.
This has left Joël Matip as the club’s only recognised centre back with Fabinho – who also filled in at central defence – struggling with muscular problems.
Liverpool return to domestic action against high-flying Leicester on Sunday against former manager Brendan Rodgers.