Harvey Elliott could play for Liverpool before the end of the season following successful surgery on the horror ankle injury the playmaker suffered against Leeds United, according to the Premier League club.
The midfielder dislocated his left ankle after being tackled by Leeds’ Pascal Struijk early in the second half of the Reds’ 3-0 Premier League victory.
Elliott was tended to on the pitch before being carried away on a stretcher. He was then taken to Leeds General Infirmary for further treatment.
The England youth starlet posted a thumbs-up picture from his bed and also had time to hand his matchworn shirt to a young supporter.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that Elliott will be out for “a while” but it has now been suggested by the Merseyside club that the player might feature again before the end of the season.
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Club doctor Jim Moxon told Liverpool’s official website: “Harvey sustained a fracture dislocation of his left ankle during the game.
“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.”
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes famously recovered from a similar injury within just 112 days following a tackle by Tottenham’s Son Heung-min in November 2019.
But Reds boss Klopp said that Elliott has already accepted that there is no guarantee that his recovery will be completed quickly.
“I spoke to him right after the game, he was in the best possible place,” Klopp told reporters on Tuesday before news of the 18-year-old’s successful surgery.
“He had accepted already that he would be out for a while.
“He is in London and will have the surgery today (Tuesday). That is the next step on the way back and we all wait for news on that.”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury in October last year and only returned during pre-season.
The Dutchman ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw with Everton.
Van Dijk insisted that Elliott’s team-mates will rally around him during his period of rehabilitation.
“All our thoughts and prayers are going to Harvey. Hopefully he recovers quickly and as good as possible. We have no idea what the diagnosis is but it looks bad,” the 30-year-old told Sky.
“From the moment it happened, I think you see Mo shouting to the side that it’s serious. Then you see the reaction of Harvey that it’s really serious. You’re standing still and hoping for the best.
“It’s difficult for them as well. We tried to deal with it and we dealt with it in the best possible way.”
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