Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed his struggles with various medical conditions which almost took his life ten years ago.
Whilst playing for Dutch side Groningen, a 17-year-old Van Dijk began complaining of stomach pains during a training session, and he was eventually found by his mother curled up on the floor in pain. He was ultimately taken to the hospital for emergency surgery on a burst appendix, but his problems were much more severe.
According to The Mirror, the burst appendix also led to Van Dijk suffering peritonitis and uraemia, both of which have been known to cause death in the past.
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“Nobody wanted to raise this issue, but it needed to be dealt with because there was a chance that I would die there and then.