Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has dominated himself out of taking part in for the Netherlands at this summer season’s European Championship.
“I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab in the off-season,” mentioned Netherlands captain Van Dijk.
“It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.”
The Euros are going down between 11 June and 11 July, having been delayed by a 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Van Dijk mentioned that he had not suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and he had “progressed nicely” however, within the newest stage of his restoration, had determined he couldn’t play at this summer season’s event.
“I think the decision to not go is the right decision in the grand scheme of things,” added Van Dijk, speaking to the Liverpool website.
“I am very gutted to miss the Euros, to miss the European Championship and leading out my own country there, but things have been like they have and I have to accept it – we all have to accept it.
“I believe the choice to not go is the best resolution within the grand scheme of issues.”
Van Dijk’s absence for Liverpool, who are sixth in the Premier League as they struggle to secure a Champions League spot, has been compounded by long-term injuries to fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
The Dutchman will now be aiming for the “life like aim” of returning for pre-season with Liverpool.
Van Dijk mentioned: “I’m aiming for that and it seems like it will occur, however clearly you by no means know in soccer and also you by no means know in life, however I’m feeling very optimistic and able to go. We’ll see.”