LONDON: Liverpool said on Tuesday they were confident in teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott (Photo) will play again this season after having been operated on for a dislocated left ankle.
The 18-year-old was swept away in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Elland Road with an injury that caused visible distress to his teammates following a tackle which saw Pascal Struijk sent off – a dismissal against which Leeds appealed.
Elliott had surgery on Tuesday and will now begin a rehabilitation program.
“Harvey suffered a fractured dislocated left ankle during the game,” club doctor Jim Moxon told liverpoolfc.com.
“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 deadline beyond being able to confidently say that we expect him to return later in the season after our rehab program.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously said Elliott “is in the best possible place” with goalkeeper Alisson Becker adding: “The medical staff obviously had to work hard to give him the best conditions for recovery, but Harvey knows that we are there for him whenever he needs us.
“We are a real unit as a team. We celebrate together, and when an important player gets injured, we get injured together for him. “- AFP