Southampton boss Claude Puel has stated that Virgil van Dijk could miss the rest of the season through injury.

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The centre-back suffered an ankle injury during the match with Leicester City in January and was expected to be out for two or three months.

However, speaking to the press on Thursday, Claude Puel revealed that the season may be over for the Dutch international.

He said, “It’s a long injury. We will see if he comes back before the end of the season.

“The injury does not change anything. He is an important player for us, our captain, and it is important he takes this role with good quality, good attitude and good spirit.

“For me he is among the best defenders in the Premier League but he can play with us and we can give him good maturity for the future.”

If Van Dijk fails to return before the end of the season then it is very possible that he has played his final game for Southampton, with Chelsea heavily linked with the former Celtic and Groningen star.

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