Van Dijk phone call this week to determine Liverpool star’s return to action

Netherlands boss Frank de Boer will call Liverpool'sVirgil Van Dijk this week to discuss the defender's availability for the upcoming European Championships.

De Boer is set to name his provisional Euro's squad on Friday – before his 26-man-squad at the end of the month – and there are fresh hopes that Van Dijk could return to the fold.

Van Dijk has been out of action since October – when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury following a collision with Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford.

However, hopes have been rekindled that he could return in time for the tournament; a recent video has emerged showing the defender sprinting.

Speaking on ESPN’s Good Morning Eredivisie show, the Dutch gaffer said: “I think he has to decide, it is his career,”

"I can imagine that he is in a dilemma. Can I mean something for Orange? I hope he has made giant steps in his rehabilitation.”

De Boer will be hoping that Van Dijk can partner Juventus' Matthias De Ligt to form a formidable pairing, as the Netherlands look for their first victory since 1988.

However, De Boer has insisted that the decision is exclusively Van Dijk's.

Jurgen Klopp has also cast his doubts about the Dutchman's chances.

"Virgil's knee. I don't want to hold him back, but you cannot force it as well.

"If you want to play in a tournament, you have to train beforehand, proper football training – and not a week before but weeks before.

"You can't after 10 or 11 months out train a week and then play football, that is just not possible. It should not be possible.

"Nobody is holding him back, I can promise all the people in Holland that. But you can't force it, and we will not."

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