Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk posted an update on his recovery from injury on Twitter on Tuesday night, with a picture of himself running on a treadmill.
Stepping it up ???????????????? https://t.co/soTTaDR6dQ
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 28, 2017
The 25-year-old has been out of action since picking up an injury in the win against Leicester City at St Mary’s in January, and missed the EFL Cup final against Manchester United as a result.
However, the Dutchman has made the next step on his road to recovery as he is now starting to run again, and Saints supporters will be hoping that their skipper returns to the field before the end of the season.
Van Dijk was one of the standout performers in the Premier League earlier in the season, and he has been linked with big-money moves to a number of top clubs, including Chelsea.
Fans of the south coast outfit were quick to have their say via social media on the image their captain posted, with some looking forward to his return, and others asking him to stay for another year.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the story…
@VirgilvDijk fanbloodytastic news Captain Virgil ????????????⚪️????
— Arthur (@ArthurCogger) March 28, 2017
— Pittsy (@jodypitts) March 28, 2017
@VirgilvDijk great news, skip! Hope to see you back soon. Easter would be perfect timing! ????????????
— Phil B (@pajb_6) March 28, 2017
@VirgilvDijk another year please
— Paul McGuire (@Coomcguire) March 28, 2017
@VirgilvDijk We hope you will be with us still next season. We are missing you on the pitch. Hope your ankle is starting to heal now.
— Caroline Emerson (@SoftSallySaint) March 28, 2017
@VirgilvDijk good to se you on pitch soon skip
— James Hunt (@jimmihunt36) March 28, 2017
@VirgilvDijk stay with us Virgil
— kevin Bills (@KevinKevinbills) March 28, 2017