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Sep 18, 2017 at 7pm UK at Staplewood Training Ground
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Virgil van Dijk scores for Southampton Under-23s in win over Stoke City

Van Dijk scores for Southampton U23s
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Virgil van Dijk scores in Southampton Under-23s' win over Stoke City as he steps up his recovery ahead of this weekend's match against Manchester United.

Virgil van Dijk has stepped up his return to full fitness by scoring for Southampton Under-23s on Monday evening.

The Dutchman tried to instigate a move away from the club in the summer, with Liverpool believed to be his preferred destination.

Despite lodging a transfer request, Van Dijk was denied a move from Southampton and is now focused on starting his first senior game since suffering an ankle injury in January.

The 26-year-old, who was named on the bench for last Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, played the full 90 minutes of the reserve team's 3-0 win over Stoke.

The defender even scored the opening goal after getting on the end of a corner kick from Matt Targett, who linked up well with Van Dijk during the match.

The former Celtic man will now be vying for a starting spot in Saturday's Premier League match against Manchester United.

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Virgil van Dijk warms up prior to the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Southampton on September 16, 2017
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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