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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has spoken out about his injury after picking up a late knock during Netherlands' win.
The Dutch centre-back was involved in a bizarre incident in stoppage time during their 6-1 World Cup qualifying win against Turkey.
Trying to clear a ball from goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, he is put under pressure from Hakan Calhanoglu who shifts it past the shot-stopper.
As forward Cengiz Under bundles the ball into an empty net, Van Dijk is left on the ground holding his shin.
There was concern on social media among the Anfield faithful as the images emerged, with his season-long injury during the 2020/21 campaign still fresh in the memory.
But Liverpool's £75m defender has reassured fans that he is not at threat of missing any football due to his shin injury.
Speaking during his post-match interview, Van Dijk said: “I’m fine, luckily. I’m already over it.”
"Maybe because I am so big, they think I am acting, because when I go down, it goes in quite a slow way."
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It is not the first time in this international break Van Dijk has shrugged off an injury.
The 30-year-old dislocated his finger and had it popped back in mid-match while playing for the Netherlands against Norway on September 2.
And pain was etched across the 30-year-old's face as his finger was put back in its natural position by medics early in the second half.
But the stomach-churning incident did not seem to affect the centre-half too much as he and his Dutch team-mates did not concede any goals in the second half.
Van Dijk picked up and ACL tear during the Merseyside derby in October last year during a clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
But the Dutchman regularly shared images of his 10-month recovery and was seen in the seats at Anfield supporting the team.
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