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Holland manager Frank De Boer will not put any pressure on Virgil Van Dijk to declare himself fit for Euro 2020 (Nick Potts/PA)

Holland manager Frank De Boer will not put any pressure on Virgil Van Dijk to declare himself fit for Euro 2020 (Nick Potts/PA)

Holland manager Frank De Boer will not put any pressure on Virgil Van Dijk to declare himself fit for Euro 2020 (Nick Potts/PA)

Virgil van Dijk is reaching the final stages of his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury and could be back in training in as little as eight weeks, according to Holland coach Frank De Boer.

While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to insist he does not expect Van Dijk to play again this season, De Boer is a little more optimistic as he is keep the door open for the centre-back to play at this summer's European Championship finals.

When asked about Klopp's suggestion that the defender will not play again until next season, De Boer stated his hope that the return could allow him to play in the Euros.

"It is logical that the club is like that. If I were Klopp, I might have taken this position too," De Boer told a press conference ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Turkey.

"He still has eight weeks. There can be all kinds of setbacks. A week or two of setbacks could mean he can't play games for Liverpool then I can imagine that they say: 'Nice, you can focus on next season'.

"But we have to wait. It has always been a race against time. It is also how Virgil himself stands. We don't want to put pressure on Virgil.

"Anything he can contribute to Liverpool and possibly us would be a bonus. I'm not counting on it right now but if it did, it would be fantastic.

"Ultimately, he must have a good feeling himself. He must do it himself and must have confidence in it himself. The choice mainly lies with him.

"When the moment comes and we know how he is doing, you agree with him what he can do then I have to make a decision about it.

"We now let him work on his recovery calmly. It is now going well. We don't know whether that is enough."

De Boer pointed to the previous example of Memphis Depay recovering from an ACL injury in December 2019 to be ready to play in the tournament had it gone ahead last summer as a source for his optimism.

"Depay was ready for the European Championship last summer after a serious knee injury," he added.

"He felt strong enough for intense matches in close succession. He was ready, he thought, but you don't know how that ended.

"It's up to Virgil, but of course it would be great for us if he could be there."

Liverpool are likely to be highly reluctant to allow Van Dijk to join up with the Dutch squad for the Euros if he does not play any first team games at club level between now and the end of the season.

While the Dutch national team could ask for Van Dijk to be assessed by their own medical staff ahead of the European Championships, such a move by De Boer and his staff could spark a huge conflict with Liverpool.

Of course, Van Dijk could have a role to play in this story, as De Boer has previously hinted the defender is keen to do all he can to play at the Euros this summer, while he may also have an eye on the Champions League final that will take place in Istanbul on May 29th.

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