Harvey Elliott injury update: How long will Liverpool star be out for, how long does it take to recover from dislocated ankle?

Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott was stretchered off against Leeds United on Sunday after a sickening injury.

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Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott has posted an update on his horror injury as he begins the long road to recovery.

Elliott, 18, appeared to dislocate his left ankle in a second-half challenge with Leeds substitute Pascal Struijk and was carried off the field on a stretcher after lengthy treatment.

Mo Salah calls for immediate treatment after Harvey Elliott’s injury.Mo Salah calls for immediate treatment after Harvey Elliott’s injury.
Mo Salah calls for immediate treatment after Harvey Elliott’s injury.

What happened to Harvey Elliott?

Liverpool were winning 2-0 against Leeds at Elland Road in a Premier League game when Elliott raced away on a counter-attack.

Leeds defender Struijk tried to make a tackle on the player and appeared to win the ball, but the force and follow through from the challenge forced Elliott to crumple to the ground.

Struijk was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson after a VAR review and the injury clearly distressed Elliott’s team-mate Mohamed Salah, while Liverpool’s medical staff immediately leapt to the player’s assistance.

What has Harvey Elliott said?

Elliott posted a picture of himself with thumbs up on Instagram before full-time, writing: “Thank you for the messages guys! Road to recovery. YNWA.”

What has Pascal Struijk said?

Struijk wished Elliott well in a post on Instagram, writing: “In today’s game something happened that I would never wish on anyone.

“@harveyelliott07 my thoughts are with you. I’m gutted and never meant for this to happen. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on the pitch soon.”

How long will Harvey Elliott be out for?

Elliott will need an operation on his ankle, before starting on the long road to recovery.

Elliott was taken to hospital in Leeds and, although discharged in the evening, Liverpool confirmed the injury was “serious” and the player would need an operation.

A statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm Harvey Elliott has been discharged from hospital after suffering a serious ankle injury in the game against Leeds United on Sunday.

“Elliott will be required to undergo surgery in the coming days and the club will offer a further update on his prognosis in due course.

“Harvey, his family and Liverpool FC would like to place on record their thanks to the paramedics and all the staff at Leeds General Infirmary for the care and treatment given.”

How long does it take to recover from a dislocated ankle?

Recovery is dependent on the severity of the injury, rehabilitation time and whether or not surgery is required.

Patients are likely to have to wear a protective boot and use crutches after an operation for around six weeks, with little movement of the ankle for the first four weeks.

After the first six weeks and following X-rays, theu may be able to remove the boot and start partial weight bearing, which will increase with an aim for full mobility by week 12.

Full sports participation and contact training is generally not advised until 12 weeks after an operation.