Harvey Elliott can take inspiration from Andre Gomes’ remarkable recovery after the Liverpool star suffered a similar problem in his side’s 3-0 win over Leeds United.
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk was sent off for the tackle on Elliott, which left the Liverpool youngster with a dislocated ankle and severe pain, as physiotherapists immediately rushed to the midfielder’s aid.
While many predict that Elliott will spend a lot of time on the sidelines, he could look to Merseyside rivals Everton for encouragement as he recovers.
Gomes was at the end of a challenge from Heung-min Son in Everton’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham in November 2019, which left the midfielder with a fractured dislocation.
The next day, Gomes underwent successful surgery and his progress over the following months was remarkably rapid.
Few expected the Portugal international to return that season, with an official prognosis between six months and a year.
But, just 86 days after the incident, Gomes was back in first-team training.
On his return, Gomes was keen to make sure his teammates weren’t easy on him – something Elliott will no doubt want to guarantee when he returns as well.
“They were there for me, they understood what happened to me,” he said.
“They knew I was coming from a traumatic injury, so they thought, ‘Let’s take it easy with him.’
“But I tried to clarify that if I train with the boys, it is because I am available and that I agree to do it.
“So I asked the players to be normal, not to be indulgent with me. I had to prepare for the next step and the next step was the competition.
“I had to be ready to be on the pitch and be normal, so let’s start with the training ground. The boys got it and it was actually quite easy.
Gomes commissioned a professional videographer to document his rehab, and in one of his “vlogs” he said believing in yourself was the best way to recover from such a sickening setback.
“People have their own problems, their own problems,” he added. “There are worse problems than me.
“My message is that once you want to do something, if you really believe it and push yourself to do it, you can do it, at least 95% of the time.
“What I wanted to do, especially with video, was be a good example for people.
“It doesn’t matter what your problem, your job, whatever you do, what you are suffering from. Make yourself believe that there is something you can do. This is my message.
Liverpool have yet to confirm the full extent of the injury, but the teenager has pledged to ‘give their all’ to get back to a better and stronger player.
“I am of course absolutely devastated by what happened yesterday in Leeds, but I was totally overwhelmed by the love and support everyone in football showed me after the injury,” Elliott wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you very much to everyone who contacted me or sent messages to me and my family, it means a lot to us. A big thank you also to everyone inside Elland Road for the welcome you Booked me immediately after this happened.
“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give my all for my rehabilitation to be back as soon as possible. “
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