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Zenit defender Lovren: I urged Van Dijk not to rush Liverpool comeback

Zenit St Petersburg defender Dejan Lovren has lifted his reunion with former Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk.

Lovren caught up with Van Dijk in Dubai, where Zenit had a warm weather camp and the Dutchman was continuing his rehab from knee surgery.

He told Sport-Express: "We talked about his recovery, about the knee. You know that Virgil has a serious injury - the cruciate ligaments are damaged. Moreover, when this happened, at first he did not even feel anything: he started walking - everything is fine, and after a few steps it gets worse and worse.

"But I hope he will be back on line soon. I advised van Dijk not to force the return for Euro 2020. If there is a risk of relapse, it is better to wait. He's young for a centre-back, just 29 years old. There will still be major tournaments in his career."

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