Any idea what was wrong with him? They just saying he was ill? What kind of illness?
Social media saying he had some bad Shawarma but the conspiracy in me sees Virgil sitting in reclining lounge chair by the pool, wearing shades and sipping a drink during the match. He really needed a day off, maybe two.
From November 3rd to December 14th, he had played every minute of 10 consecutive first team matches, plus a pair of internationals (12 games in 41 days). Nobody else had played more than 8 and those had been subbed out from some of the games.
Whatever the reason, I'm glad we were able to win one without him.
Re depth at center back, I don't know if Jürgen will risk not signing someone at least on loan for cover. I agree with his policy on keeping the squad small and I know Dejan and Joel are due back at some point, but there our still a lot of questions with those two on when they will be match fit, how often they can play, what is the likelihood they are reinjured, etc. The fixtures aren't really letting up so I think it's something worth considering.