October 14, 2018 / 2:29 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Netherlands captain Van Dijk ruled out of Belgium friendly

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League A - Group 1 - Netherlands v Germany - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - October 13, 2018 Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has withdrawn from their squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Belgium, less than 24 hours after scoring in the 3-0 win over Germany in the Nations League.

Van Dijk, 27, is still feeling the effects of a rib injury suffered playing for Liverpool against Southampton last month and the Dutch football association said in a statement on Sunday that it had been decided he would only play against Germany.

No replacement will be called up for Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels.

Van Dijk got the opening goal for the Dutch on Saturday, before Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum scored late on as they recorded a morale-boosting triumph over their neighbours.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Toby Davis

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