The Dutchman passed in a switch request this summer time in a determined strive to power a transfer to Liverpool however Saints refused to promote.
The £70million-rated defender returned to Premier League motion for the primary time because the saga by way of creating a past due cameo in closing weekend’s 1-Zero win at Crystal Palace.
But Van Dijk is most probably to to find himself again at the bench when Manchester United seek advice from St Mary’s the following day.
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino mentioned: “We will make a decision if he performs however each and every unmarried week for Virgil is essential as a result of he is getting higher after a protracted time frame with out taking part in a sport.
“He is the most important participant for us and each and every unmarried week will toughen, however at the similar time he wishes to educate and he wishes to play.
“The perfect coaching consultation for me is to play video games and now he is taking part in within the reserves however the excellent news is that he is concerned within the workforce and is coaching smartly.
“He will proceed to play in one of the vital reserve suits however no longer they all as I would really like to introduce him bit by bit.”
Saints have misplaced simply one in every of their opening 5 league video games however face a large take a look at in opposition to unbeaten Manchester United.