Harvey Elliot: Leeds defender Pascal Struijk ‘gutted’ after horror injury to Liverpool midfielder


Leeds defender Pascal Struijk admits he is ‘gutted’ about Harvey Elliott’s horror injury and says it’s something ‘he wouldn’t wish on anyone’

  • Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott suffered an ankle injury playing against Leeds
  • Leeds defender Pascal Struijk attempted to recover the ball but caught Elliott, 18
  • Struijk was shown a red card and sent off despite it seeming like a fair challenge
  • Struijk said he is ‘gutted’ about the situation and that he wish it never happened 


Pascal Struijk has taken to social media to apologies to Harvey Elliott after he dislocated the youngster’s ankle on Sunday afternoon.   

Elliott was injured in the 60th minute of Liverpool’s clash with Leeds at Elland Road after Struijk caught the 18-year-old’s ankle when trying to recover the ball.  

Struijk has said that he is ‘gutted’ about the situation and that he ‘would never wish’ such an injury on anyone.   

Leeds defender Pascal Struijk (above) has taken to social media to apologies to Harvey Elliott

Struijk accidently dislocated the Liverpool youngster's ankle on Sunday afternoon (above)

Struijk accidently dislocated the Liverpool youngster’s ankle on Sunday afternoon (above) 

Struijk took to Instagram to say: ‘In today’s game something happened that I would never wish on anyone.

‘Harvey Elliott, 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.’

Struijk is 'gutted' about the situation and that he 'would never wish' such an injury on anyone

Struijk is ‘gutted’ about the situation and that he ‘would never wish’ such an injury on anyone

Elliott was injured in the 60th minute of Liverpool's clash with Leeds at Elland Road (above)

Elliott was injured in the 60th minute of Liverpool’s clash with Leeds at Elland Road (above)

DISLOCATED ANKLES 

Alan Smith – Broken leg and dislocated ankle (2006) 

Eduardo Silva – Broken leg and dislocated ankle (2008)

Andre Gomes – Fractured and dislocated ankle (2019) 

Referee Craig Pawson initially waved for play to continue after Struijk’s challenge. 

However, the game was quickly stopped following a strong reaction from the surrounding players. 

Liverpool’s medical team, Dr Jim Moxon and head physio Chris Morgan, were subsequently forced to take action after Elliott was heard screaming for help on the pitch. 

Moxon and Morgan were able to put Elliott’s ankle back into place on the pitch before he was taken to hospital for further assessment. 

As a result, Struijk was handed a red card following a lengthy VAR check that saw eight minutes of stoppage time added to the end of the game. 

Liverpool have since confirmed that the 18-year-old ‘sustained a serious ankle injury’ and that he would be forced to undergo surgery in the coming days. 

Leeds defender Struijk attempted to recover the ball but caught the 18-year-old (above)

Leeds defender Struijk attempted to recover the ball but caught the 18-year-old (above) 

Struijk was shown a red card and sent off by the referee despite it seeming like a fair challenge

Struijk was shown a red card and sent off by the referee despite it seeming like a fair challenge

‘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,’ the club posted on their official website.  

‘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.’

The injury comes as a blow to the youngster, who has burst onto the season this season

The injury comes as a blow to the youngster, who has burst onto the season this season

Liverpool will be back in action against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday

Liverpool will be back in action against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday

According to The Athletic, it is believed Elliott will undergo surgery on Tuesday and begin the rehab process shortly after. 

The injury comes as a blow to the youngster, who has burst onto the season this season – making four appearances for the Reds. 

Nevertheless, Liverpool will be back in action against AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.  



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