Harvey Elliott has undergone successful surgery on his ankle injury suffered at Leeds, Liverpool have reported.
The 18-year-old suffered an abnormal injury in the Reds’ 3-0 win at Elland Road with Pascal Struijk falling to his ankle.
Elliott was rushed to hospital, before returning home later the same day as Liverpool confirmed he would need surgery for the injury. And his recovery started well.
Club doctor Dr Jim Moxon – who, along with first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan, was the first on the pitch to treat the midfielder – explained: “Harvey suffered a broken ankle dislocation. left during the match.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately in the field and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his return is starting now.
“We will not put pressure on him by setting a specific schedule beyond being able to confidently say that we expect him to return later in the season after our rehab program.”
However, Athletic Journalist James Pearce claims Elliott is expected to replay before the end of the 2021/22 season.
Elliott’s teammates were clearly bothered by the severity of the injury at the time, but they’ve all come together ever since.
“What happened with Harvey made me sad. It’s hard to deal with when you’re on the pitch,” said goaltender Alisson Becker.
“All the players have a big role to play in supporting him, we have to do our best right now.”
Elliott now faces a long stint on the sidelines, while Struijk has been criticized for his reckless challenge, after which he was sent off.
But the 18-year-old Reds star took to Instagram to defend the Leeds player and insisted there were no hard feelings.
He wrote: “It wasn’t his fault anything [sic]!
“It wasn’t a red card either, just a freak accident, but these things happen in football. I will come back 100% stronger. Thank you for all the support.
Struijk himself sent his best wishes to Elliott in an Instagram post and admitted he was “gutted”.
He said: “In today’s game something happened that I don’t wish on anyone.
“Harvey Elliott, my thoughts are with you. I’m disgusted and never wanted this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back in the field soon.
Elliott is now on the road to recovery and showed off his class while in the hospital.
A young boy was in the hospital bed next to him after breaking his arm while playing football, and the Liverpool ace gave him his shirt and boot.
Twitter user @jaytothelo posted a screenshot of a post that read: “My son just broke his arm during a soccer game this afternoon.
“Who comes on the bed next to him… Harvey Elliott and his family. Gives him his LFC match top and shoe. The son is buzzing now.
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