Harvey Elliott was left in ‘massive pain’ after dislocating his ankle in Liverpool’s Premier League win over Leeds and will now start the long road to recovery – vowing he’ll ‘be back faster, fitter and stronger’.
Leeds defender Pascal Struijk, who was shown a straight red card for the offence, seemed bemused by the incident but Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah led the protests as the 18-year-old was stretchered from the Elland Road pitch.
Such was the gruesome nature of the injury, Sky Sports did not show a single replay of the incident as Elliott lay on the ground in huge discomfort.
Physios instantly rushed to the aid of the youngster, who had enjoyed a bright start to the season for the Reds.
No timescale has been put on his comeback yet but he’ll likely be out for at least four months.
Everton’s Andre Gomes suffered a similar injury in November 2019 and took just 112 days to return to action.
And it looks like we could see Elliott in action again this season as Liverpool revealed he underwent a successful operation on Tuesday.
“Harvey sustained a fracture dislocation of his left ankle during the game,” club doctor Dr Jim Moxon told liverpoolfc.com.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident.
“The operation was a success so his comeback starts now.
“We won’t put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme.”
However, Athletic journalist James Pearce claimed Elliott is ‘expected to play again this season’.
Elliott took to social media on Monday afternoon to thank both Liverpool and Leeds fans for their support, after he left the Elland Road pitch to applause from all corners of the ground.
And he vowed to ‘give everything’ to return back a better and stronger player.
“I’m of course absolutely devastated with what happened yesterday at Leeds, but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury,” Elliott wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out or sent messages to me and my family, it means so much to us. Also a massive thanks to everyone inside Elland Road for the reception you gave me immediately after it happened.
“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give everything in my rehabilitation to be back out there as soon as I can. I know I have an incredible support network behind me at Liverpool and together we will get through this.
“To all of the Liverpool fans, your support means the world to me. I’m one of you and I can’t wait to be back faster, fitter and stronger to help the team in the future.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone!”
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