Please Wait . . .
The towering defender could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on theknee injury he sustained against Everton in October.
After rediscovering their form under former manager Ronald Koeman, the Dutch were expected to be among the contenders to win the European Championship – but they now face a nervous wait to see whether Van Dijk will be fit in time to contribute.
"Virgil will return with God's will," Wijnaldum told VI.
“It is a difficult time for him; this is the worst thing you can experience as a football player. You go through hell. But I think he is very strong. We FaceTime every now and then and that is very nice.”
Many fans and pundits have questioned whether international fixtures should be going ahead in the coronavirus era, with the extra potential for transmission of the virus and the heavy workload on players.
Many nations are now playing three matches instead of the usual two in each international break, intensifying club managers’ worries about players’ fitness and potential injury issues.
Wijnaldum, however, says he is simply happy to have the opportunity to play for his country once again.
“As a club you never have the guarantee that you will get players back completely fit,” he noted.
“We play three international matches and that takes energy. But as a football player I think it is great to play many matches with the Dutch national team.
“Everyone who is now with the Oranje is happy with these international matches. At the moment I feel very good and very fit.