Injury update: Havery Elliott could return for Liverpool this season after successful ankle surgery
The 18-year-old playmaker suffered a horror injury in the 3-0 win against Leeds United last weekend. A reckless tackle from Pascal Struijk resulted in Elliott’s ankle being dislocated and the player left the pitch on a stretcher.
The horrified look on the faces of Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker, and the players on the Liverpool bench summed up what the Reds fans were feeling around the world. There was a sense of anger and disbelief at how the events turned out. After all, Liverpool fans had earmarked this as the season as the one where Elliott makes his name on the big stage.
The dark clouds of Elliott’s injury hovered over Liverpool’s impressive performance at Elland Road. Klopp’s post-match interview would have been one of the toughest ones he has had to give as a Liverpool manager, and one of the toughest ones for the Reds fan to see.
On the recovery curve
While some fans would have thought that Elliott could miss the entirety of the season, the club can now confirm that the player is very likely to play football again this season. Club doctor, Dr Jim Moxon, attributes this in some capacity to the fast response from the medical teams.
“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.”
Elliott also shared a message on his Instagram account after the surgery, as visible in the image above. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, two of Liverpool’s youngest stars, were some of the first people to show their love on the post.
The 18-year-old has excited fans with his progress ever since his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. There is no reason why he cannot establish himself as one of the first names in the Liverpool starting XI in a few years’ time.
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Perhaps, this is why the Reds fans were even more disturbed when they saw his injury. The prospect of seeing an electric young player like Elliott hamper his career because of such an injury is one of the worst sights in football. But they can now expect to see the youngster playing football again this season itself.