How long will Liverpool's Harvey Elliott be out for? Expert surgeon gives his view

Harvey Elliott

Everyone wants to know just how bad Harvey Elliott’s injury is.

The talented 18-year-old suffered what appeared to be a dislocated ankle during Liverpool’s 3-0 victory at Leeds on Sunday.

Elliott, who was making his third consecutive Premier League start, was impressing at Elland Road before Pascal Struijk’s tackle left him in agony.



Sky Sports decided not to show any replays and, despite the victory, everyone associated with Liverpool just wanted to know how Elliott is.

How long will Elliott be out?

Well, according to an expert surgeon, the news is positive.

Mike Hennessey has told the Daily Mail that, because the Liverpool medical staff put Elliott’s ankle back immediately, he could be back in six months.

This rapid response dramatically reduces the swelling around the injury so that surgery can take place quickly. With reduced swelling, Elliott could be in surgery this week and playing again in six months.

“It looks like they reduced his ankle [put it back in place] there and then, which is what you need to do because the longer the ankle remains dislocated the more problems there will be for the soft tissue and that then queers your pitch for when you need to fix them,” Hennessey said.

“He had great care. They were straight on. To get a dislocation it means you have disrupted several bits, he has either broken the bones on both sides or broken the bone on one side and torn the major ligaments on the inside. Either way it is a major injury.”

Harvey Elliott

He added: “They have got guys there at the pitch-side who can sort it out these days.

“There are pitch-side doctors, the physios are all trained in sports injuries and know what to do in emergencies.

“I was delighted when I saw Penthrox. That means they can manipulate things back into place, rather than wheeling him off with the foot still pointing in the wrong direction.

“He is young. He is a professional athlete in top condition and will not have any healing issues.”

We can’t wait to see Elliott back on the pitch.

Harvey Elliott

Writing on Instagram on Monday, Elliott said: “I’m of course absolutely devastated with what happened yesterday at Leeds, but have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me by the entire football world following the injury.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out or sent messages to me and my family – it means so much to us. Also, a massive thanks to everyone inside Elland Road for the reception you gave me immediately after it happened.

“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will give everything in my rehabilitation to be back out there as soon as I can. I know I have an incredible support network behind me at Liverpool and together we will get through this.

“To all of the Liverpool fans: your support means the world to me. I’m one of you and I can’t wait to be back faster, fitter and stronger to help the team in the future. You’ll Never Walk Alone!”

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